Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom
Professor in the Program in Education
Dr. Schwartz-Bloom is a co-principal investigator for the National Science Foundation Phase II Noyce Fellowship program.
The Schwartz-Bloom laboratory has completed 18 years of research investigating novel pharmacologic approaches to prevent neuronal death caused by cerebral ischemia associated with cardiac arrest and stroke. The group studied how GABA neurotransmission dysfunction contributes to the death of hippocampal neurons after ischemia in vivo or in vitro. Dr. Schwartz-Bloom’s research program continues now exclusively in science education, which she started in 1996. With funds provided by the Duke Provost in 2007, Dr. Schwartz-Bloom established Duke Center for Science Education, an umbrella for all Duke-related activities in science education. She coordinates Duke faculty and student interests in curriculum development, research, and outreach activities in science education for the K-16 grades. Dr. Schwartz-Bloom also directs RISE (Raising Interest in Science Education, http://sites.duke.edu/rise), an office within the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, where she develops and provides novel science education curricular materials in the area of pharmacology to the K-12 and college community. One of the major programs that she developed is the Pharmacology Education Partnership (http://sites.duke.edu/thepepproject), a series of pharmacology- and drug abuse-related science education modules for high school biology and chemistry students. Testing of over 15,000 high school students has revealed that student performance in biology and chemistry improves when they use the pharmacology curriculum developed by her team. Dr. Schwartz-Bloom provides several opportunities for Duke Pharmacology graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to obtain experience in teaching.
- Ph.D., Georgetown University 1983
Zhan, R-Z, Nadler, JV, and Schwartz-Bloom, RD. "Depressed responses to applied and synaptically-released GABA in CA1 pyramidal cells, but not in CA1 interneurons, after transient forebrain ischemia." J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 26.1 (January 2006): 112-124. Full Text
"Erratum: Science education: A neuroscientist's view of translational medicine (Journal of Neuroscience (June 15, 2005) (5667-5669))." Journal of Neuroscience 25.32 (August 10, 2005).
Lipkus, IM, Pollak, KI, McBride, CM, Schwartz-Bloom, R, Lyna, P, and Bloom, PN. "Assessing attitudinal ambivalence towards smoking and its association with desire to quit among teen smokers." Psychology & Health 20.3 (June 2005): 373-387. Full Text
Schwartz-Bloom, R. "Science education: A neuroscientist's view of translational medicine." Journal of Neuroscience 25.24 (2005): 5667-5669. Full Text
Pond, BB, Galeffi, F, Ahrens, R, and Schwartz-Bloom, RD. "Chloride transport inhibitors influence recovery from oxygen-glucose deprivation-induced cellular injury in adult hippocampus." Neuropharmacology 47.2 (August 2004): 253-262. Full Text
Lipkus, IM, McBride, CM, Pollak, KI, Schwartz-Bloom, RD, Tilson, E, and Bloom, PN. "A randomized trial comparing the effects of self-help materials and proactive telephone counseling on teen smoking cessation." Health Psychol 23.4 (July 2004): 397-406. Full Text
Galeffi, F, Sah, R, Pond, BB, George, A, and Schwartz-Bloom, RD. "Changes in intracellular chloride after oxygen-glucose deprivation of the adult hippocampal slice: effect of diazepam." J Neurosci 24.18 (May 5, 2004): 4478-4488. Full Text
Lipkus, IM, Skinner, CS, Green, LSG, Dement, J, Samsa, GP, and Ransohoff, D. "Modifying attributions of colorectal cancer risk." Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 13.4 (April 2004): 560-566.
Schwartz-Bloom, RD, and Halpin, MJ. "Integrating pharmacology topics in high school biology and chemistry classes improves performance." Journal of Research in Science Teaching 40.9 (November 2003): 922-938. Full Text
Galeffi, F, Sah, R, and Schwartz-Bloom, RD. "Diazepam prevents changes in intracellular Cl- and Ca2+ and restores neuronal activity after ischemia in vitro." JOURNAL OF NEUROCHEMISTRY 81 (June 2002): 110-110.