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Trips by*

Marie Wheat


Total cost of 7 trips: $8,630.61


Trips traveled under the office of Jim Demint

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: TO LEARN COMPARATIVE APPROACHES TO ANALYZING PUBLIC POLICY AND LEGISLATION
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $459.50
source

Destination: PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsor: ALCATEL, ASSOCIATION FOR COMPETITIVE TECHNOLOGY, CABLE & WIRELESS USA,LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS, INC., MICROSOFT CORPORATION, NETWORK SOLUTIONS, INC., AND WINSTAR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
Purpose: THE SECOND ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE ON THE INTERNET
Date: Feb 25, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $516.33
source

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: TO LEARN COMPARATIVE APPROACHES TO CURRENT PUBLIC POLICY
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $511.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: ATTENDING SEMINAR, EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Apr 10, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $3,770.00
source

Destination: WILLIAMSBURG, VA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: TO LEARN COMPARATIVE APPROACHES TO ANALYZING LEGISLATION
Date: Jan 24, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $469.00
source

Destination: W.VA.
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: BICAMERAL CHIEFS OF STAFF MTG
Date: Feb 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $624.00
source

Destination: NAPLES, FL
Sponsor: Herbert Quandt BMW Foundation
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT U.S.-GERMAN RELATIONS
Date: Apr 18, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,280.78
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Marie Wheat.


American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. Research shows bilingual people can have learning advantages over monolingual people. (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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    Paul Tough on how children succeed

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    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

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  • 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.