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
Pharmacological Sciences Training Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Participating Faculty Member). 1975 to 2020
Duke University Noyce Scholarship - Phase II awarded by National Science Foundation (Co Investigator). 2013 to 2019
Undergraduate enrichment experiences to support biomedical careers: An investigation of underlying psychological mechanisms awarded by Michigan State University (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019
Bringing Real Experiments (REX) about Substance Abuse to High School Students awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2019
Self-Generated Research Experiences to Support Biomedical/Behavioral Research Careers awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2010 to 2015
Science Education in Health Ed Class: Tobacco and Addiction awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2014
The Alcohol Pharmacology Education Partnership awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2012
The Robert Noyce Fellows at Duke University awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2009
The Pharmacology Education Partnership awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1997 to 2008
Transient Cerebral Ischemia & GABA Neurotransmission awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2000 to 2006
Lipkus, IM, Schwartz-Bloom, R, Kelley, MJ, and Pan, W. "A preliminary exploration of college smokers' reactions to nicotine dependence genetic susceptibility feedback." Nicotine & Tobacco Research 17.3 (March 2015): 337-343. Full Text
Godin, EA, Wormington, SV, Perez, T, Barger, MM, Snyder, KE, Richman, LS, Schwartz-Bloom, R, and Linnenbrink-Garcia, L. "A Pharmacology-Based Enrichment Program for Undergraduates Promotes Interest in Science." CBE life sciences education 14.4 (January 2015): ar40-. Full Text Open Access Copy
Lipkus, IM, Eissenberg, T, Schwartz-Bloom, RD, Prokhorov, AV, and Levy, J. "Relationships among factual and perceived knowledge of harms of waterpipe tobacco, perceived risk, and desire to quit among college users." Journal of Health Psychology 19.12 (December 2014): 1525-1535. Full Text
Godin, EA, Kwiek, N, Sikes, SS, Halpin, MJ, Weinbaum, CA, Burgette, LF, Reiter, JP, and Schwartz-Bloom, RD. "Alcohol Pharmacology Education Partnership: Using Chemistry and Biology Concepts To Educate High School Students about Alcohol." Journal of Chemical Education 91.2 (February 2014): 165-172. Full Text
Lipkus, IM, Eissenberg, T, Schwartz-Bloom, RD, Prokhorov, AV, and Levy, J. "Affecting perceptions of harm and addiction among college waterpipe tobacco smokers." Nicotine & Tobacco Research 13.7 (July 2011): 599-610. Full Text
Shuen, JA, Elia, AR, Xu, K, Chen, CHJ, Jiang, A, Litkowski, E, Bonhivert, A, Hsu Kim, H, and Schwartz Bloom, RD. "Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science (FEMMES): One-day mentorship program to engage 4th-6th grade girls in STEM activities." Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering 17.4 (2011): 295-312. (Academic Article)
Schwartz-Bloom, RD, Halpin, MJ, and Reiter, JP. "Teaching high school chemistry in the context of pharmacology helps both teachers and students learn." Journal of Chemical Education 88.6 (2011): 744-750. Full Text
Shuen, JA, Elia, AR, Xu, K, Chen, C-FJ, Jiang, A, Litkowski, E, Bonhivert, A, Hsu-Kim, H, and Schwartz-Bloom, RD. "Femmes: A one-day mentorship program to engage 4th-6th grade girls in stem activities." Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering 17.4 (2011): 295-312. Full Text
Chen, C-FJ, Jiang, A, Litkowski, E, Elia, AR, Shuen, JA, Xu, K, Bonhivert, A, Hsu-Kim, H, and Schwartz-Bloom, RD. "Females Excelling more in math, engineering, and science (femmes): An after-school STEM program for girls that FOSTERS hands-on learning and Female-to-Female mentorship." Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering 17.4 (2011): 313-324. Full Text
Sikes, SS, and Schwartz-Bloom, RD. "LEAP! Launch into Education About Pharmacology: transforming students into scientists." Mol Interv 9.5 (October 2009): 215-219. Full Text
Godin, EA, Sikes, SS, Halpin, MJ, Reiter, JP, and Schwartz-Bloom, RD. "THE ALCOHOL PHARMACOLOGY EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP: EDUCATING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ABOUT ALCOHOL." June 2012.
Schwartz-Bloom, RD, Halpin, MJ, and Reiter, JP. "Professional development in pharmacology for high school teachers improves their students' scores in biology & chemistry." March 7, 2006.
his 25 minute 3-D animated video created by Gayle Gross de Nunez and Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom demonstrates how neurons function and the cellular actions of nicotine, cocaine, and THC. The video won a 1998 CINE Golden Eagle and has been recommended for viewing by the AAAS Science Books & Films. Useful for high school biology, psychology, or health classes, drug educators, health practitioners, police departments, nursing students, physician’s assistant students, etc. Available in VHS and DVD formats from Films for the Humanities and Sciences. A teacher’s guide to the film can also be downloaded at Films.com