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Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

The Science of Smart

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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Trips by*

Nicole Venable


Total cost of 14 trips: $47,879.72


Trips traveled under the office of Michael Collins

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: Singapore International Foundation
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON SINGAPORE TRADE, ECONOMY US POLICY AND SOCIETY
Date: Aug 15, 1999 (7 days)
Expense: $6,184.16
source


Trips traveled under the office of William Jefferson

Destination: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Sponsor: Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
Purpose: STUDY US-MALAYSIAN ECONOMIC & POLITICAL RELATIONS, MEETINGS W/ GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Jan 7, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $6,866.85
source

Destination: BOTSWANA
Sponsor: Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry & Manpower
Purpose: CODEL TO INVESTIGATE DIAMOND INDUSTRY AND MANPOWER. REQUIRE AGOA IMPLEMENTATION, AND ANTI-AIDS INITIATIVES IN BOTSWANA
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $9,560.68
source

Destination: THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA
Sponsor: Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Purpose:
Date: May 25, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,923.32
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: MEETING & SPEECH AT CONNELL HEADQUARTERS TO ACCOMPANY REP. JEFFERSON
Date: Jul 10, 2001
Expense: $240.00
source

Destination: SANTIAGO, CHILE
Sponsor: Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: MEETINGS REGARDING US-CHILE FTA NEGOTIATIONS
Date: Aug 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,282.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA
Sponsor: CACJK-BUSINESS COORDINATING COMMITTEE AND GUATEMALA EMBASSY IN US
Purpose: HOLD MEETINGS REGARDING US-CAFTA AGREEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT, NGO AND PRIVATE SECTOR
Date: Oct 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,400.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - JACKSONVILLE, FLA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: DIALOGUE ABOUT PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES IMPORTANT TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS
Date: Dec 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,144.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: TRADE CONFERENCE & CAFTA MEETINGS
Date: Feb 10, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,037.05
source

Destination: BRAZILIA-RIO
Sponsor: Brazil Information Center
Purpose: MEETINGS W/ BRAZIL GOVERNMENT ON TRADE, FTAA; DIALOGUE W/ LEGISLATIVE COUNTERPARTS; MEETING W/ IADB
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $6,640.60
source

Destination: SEATTLE
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EMERGENCY TECHNOLOGIES AND RELEVANT POLICY IMPLICATIONS ON IP, EDUCATION AND ANTI-TRUST
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,566.95
source

Destination: BANGKOK-PHUKETH
Sponsor: US-Asean Business Council
Purpose: GOVERNMENT MEETINGS ON US-THAILAND FTA, FOREIGN POLICY AND TSUNAMI RELIEF EFFORTS
Date: Mar 26, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $5,116.25
source

Destination: WASH, DC-PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Biotechnology Industry Organization
Purpose: TO ATTEND BIO INT'L CONVENTION, DISCUSS WITH INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES BIO ISSUES & DEVELOPMENT OF BIOTECH INDUSTRY IN LOUISIANA
Date: Jun 20, 2005
Expense: $272.86
source

Destination: MAROCCO (RABAT, CASABLANCA, MANNAHECH)
Sponsor: Ribat Al Fath Association for Sustainable Development
Purpose: MEET W/ GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS US-MOROCCO FTA, WESTERN SAHARA, HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES, AND ECON DEVELOPMENT IN MOROCCO
Date: Jul 2, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $4,645.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Nicole Venable.


American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

The Science of Smart

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

Recent Posts

  • 08.19.14

    Paul Tough on how children succeed

    Paul Tough talks about his new book, How Children Succeed. He says it's character that matters when it comes to learning. Children need curiosity, optimism and self-control.
  • 08.12.14

    Tracking and vocational ed

    Jeannie Oakes, who has studied tracking for decades, says vocational ed and "tracking" are connected, and that sorting students by race and class is still a problem.
  • 08.04.14

    Reinventing college for a new kind of student

    Long-predicted demographic changes mean a new kind of student is figuring out where to go to college, and how to pay for it.
  • 07.29.14

    Is school funding fair?

    A new report looks at why some schools have a lot of money to spend per pupil, while others don't, and what to do about it.