Wake Technical Community College

Organized by:
Wake Technical Community College

Participating Organizations:

RTI International

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Symposium

Target Audiences:

  • Professionals
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

“Scholars & Students Discuss Marijuana—Neuroscience, History, Public Policy, and More” Our goal was to engage students in scholarly discussion and to promote critical thinking about a current controversial topic that touches many disciplines. Each of four presenters discussed marijuana from his or her own scholarly perspective: Jenny Wiley, Ph.D., Senior Fellow at RTI International described the the human brain’s neuromodulatory endocannabinoid system and explained how Delta-9 THC and cannabadiol, the principle psychoactive constituents of the marijuana plant, interact with this system. Tom Doody, James Hedges, and Chris Gandy, discussed the history, the difficulties of collecting and interpreting data, and ethical and public policy issues associated with marijuana, respectively. The event was well attended, and the lively question/answer and discussion that followed among students and the presenters gave evidence that we had achieved our goal.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website

Other Publicity Methods:

Announcement by faculty in classes. Extra Credit Opportunities: After the program, students could sign in, and obtain a sheet of extra credit questions that had been developed by faculty and the presenters. Students could write a brief essay in response to a question and submit the essay for up to 3 points extra credit in a class.

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Teachers announcements in class and the extra credit opportunities were most effective because of the personal communication and incentive.


Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research
  • BAW Stickers

Other Dana Foundation Materials Distributed:

  • template for advertising posters

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • BAW Flyer
  • BAW Logos
  • BAW Poster

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

–opportunity to organize an event that engaged both students and faculty –faculty could use event as a springboard for class discussions and written assignments –lively discussions among students were observed outside of classes –collaboration between the college and a major research institute was established

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Contact Information

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Contact Name:

Amelia Compton

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