November 19th 2014 Recreational Marijuana: Science & Society

WednesdayNov. 19, 2014 – 6:00 pm
Have you ever wondered about the scientific research and societal consequences surrounding legal, recreational marijuana use for our community?
If so, please join AWIS and ACS for this forward-thinking scientific panel discussion, where we will be exploring topics such as regulating impaired driving, ensuring quality control of marijuana and cannabis-based products, understanding and treating marijuana dependency, and neurochemical and neurobiological issues surrounding marijuana use. Our distinguished panelists are:
Michelle Sexton, ND, Founder and Chief Science Officer of PhytaLab, Washington’s original cannabis quality assurance testing facility;
Caleb J. Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW, Senior research scientist for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) at the University of Washington, studying the impacts of legalized cannabis on impaired driving in Washington State
Denise Walker, PhD, Research Associate Professor at the UW School of Social Work, studying marijuana dependency and addictive behaviors in adults; and
Pratistha Ranjitkar, PhD, Clinical Chemistry Fellow for the UW Department of Laboratory Medicine, studying the development of clinical laboratory methods and testing.
Our panelists will discuss their specific programs and research, the way that their science intersects with law and policy, explain the current challenges in working in the field, and answer YOUR specific questions! This panel will be a guided discussion, but we are soliciting questions from YOU prior to the panel. If you have a question you would like to ask, email to submit.
*All AWIS meetings are FREE and open to both members and non-members, both men and women! However, pre-registration is REQUIRED for this event to reserve a seat. You can register here:    Note that priority registration is given to AWIS and ACS members. One week prior to the event, all tickets will be released to the general public, so be sure to sign up now!
Please see our Event Flyer for concise details.
For general information about our organization visit our Seattle AWIS website .
For additional information about our co-sponsor, the American Chemical Society Puget Sound section, visit:
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Programming Survey! 
Thanks to everyone who completed our upcoming programming survey for next month!


In response to the enthusiasm on our programming survey last month, we will be hosting our first quarterly weekend event, Personal Rebranding for Leadership Roles, on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 10AM at FHCRC in the Sze Conference room. (This is near the Pelton Auditorium, our regular meeting space, but closer to the security desk at the front of the Thomas Building where we enter). As many of us approach the job market anew, it is important to intentionally create a professional identity. We’ll listen to a short lecture and then provide time for discussion and questions.
Our Seattle AWIS Programs are regularly held on the third Wednesday of the month from September through June.
December 17 2014: Women in Gaming
January 21 2014: Nail the Next Interview: Insider secrets from job recruiters

Seattle AWIS is seeking donation for its 2015 scholarship program which will be awarded in June 2015.

Please use our DONATE button on our Scholarship Program Webpage to donate directly or send a check to our Seattle AWIS Scholarship Committee Chair.

Checks should be made payable to: Seattle AWIS Scholarship Fund 
Seattle AWIS Scholarship Committee Chair
5805 16th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105


6:00pm – 6:30pm – Networking and Refreshments

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Introductions and Presentation

7:30pm – 8:00pm – Networking

Download the flyer

6pm - 8pm at

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center 
Pelton Auditorium, Weintraub Building
1100 Fairview Ave. N. 
Seattle, WA 98109-1024
*Please enter through Thomas Building
*Free Visitor Parking