Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom

Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom

Professor in the Program in Education

External address: 
B238 LSRC Building, Durham, NC 27710
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 3813, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: 
(919) 684-5181

Dr. Schwartz-Bloom is a co-principal investigator for the National Science Foundation Phase II Noyce Fellowship program.

Overview

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 continued in the area of science education, which she started in 1996.  Her science education research has included the development of 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.  All of Dr. Schwartz-Bloom's science education research activities are found on her website for Raising Interest in Science Education, or RISE  at http://sites.duke.edu/rise.  

With funds provided by the Duke Provost in 2007, Dr. Schwartz-Bloom also established the Duke Center for Science Education, an umbrella for all Duke-related activities in science education. The Center helps to coordinate Duke faculty and student interests in curriculum development, research, and outreach activities in science education for the K-16 grades.

Education

  • Ph.D., Georgetown University 1983

Selected Grants

Role of Chloride Transporters in Cerebral Ischemia awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2003 to 2004

Recruiting Teen Smokers Into A Self-Help Quit Program awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 1999 to 2002

Transient Cerbral Ischemia & Gaba Neurotransmission awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 2000

Transient Cerebral Ischemia & Gaba Neurotransmission awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1997 to 1999

Drugs: Integrating High School Biology And Chemistry awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1997 to 1999

Transient Cerebral Ischemia And Gaba Neurotransmission awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1999

Transient Global Ischemia & Inhibitory Neurotransmission awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1996

Transient Global Ischemia & Inhibitory Neurotransmission awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1995

Regulation Of The Gaba Receptor-Chloride Ion Channel awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1991 to 1993

Regulation Of The Caba Receptor-Chloride Ion Channel awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1987 to 1992

Pages

Yang, M., et al. “DiVE into Alcohol: A biochemical immersive experience.” Proceedings  Ieee Virtual Reality, July 2009, pp. 281–82. Scopus, doi:10.1109/VR.2009.4811055. Full Text

Sikes, Suzanne S., and Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom. “Direction discovery: A science enrichment program for high school students..” Biochem Mol Biol Educ, vol. 37, no. 2, Mar. 2009, pp. 77–83. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/bmb.20254. Full Text

Sikes, Suzanne Sessoms, and Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom. “Taking a LEAP: Training the next generation of pharmacologists.” Faseb Journal, vol. 22, FEDERATION AMER SOC EXP BIOL, Apr. 2008.

Apa Hall, P., et al. “The current state of teenage drug abuse: Trend toward prescription drugs.” J. Sch. Nurs., vol. June, 2008.

Kwiek, Nicole C., et al. “Relevance. Pharmacology in the high-school classroom..” Science, vol. 317, no. 5846, Sept. 2007, pp. 1871–72. Pubmed, doi:10.1126/science.1146811. Full Text

Zhan, Ren-Zhi, et al. “Impaired firing and sodium channel function in CA1 hippocampal interneurons after transient cerebral ischemia..” J Cereb Blood Flow Metab, vol. 27, no. 8, Aug. 2007, pp. 1444–52. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/sj.jcbfm.9600448. Full Text

Kwiek, N. C., et al. “Pharmacology in the high school classroom.” Science, vol. 317, no. Sept. 28, 2007, pp. 1871–72.

Bloom, P. N., et al. “Recruiting teen smokers in shopping malls to a smoking-cessation program using the foot-in-the-door technique.” Journal of Applied Social Psychology, vol. 36, no. 5, May 2006, pp. 1129–44. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.0021-9029.2006.00034.x. Full Text

Pond, Brooks B., et al. “The chloride transporter Na(+)-K(+)-Cl- cotransporter isoform-1 contributes to intracellular chloride increases after in vitro ischemia..” J Neurosci, vol. 26, no. 5, Feb. 2006, pp. 1396–406. Pubmed, doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1421-05.2006. Full Text

Zhan, Ren-Zhi, et al. “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, vol. 26, no. 1, Jan. 2006, pp. 112–24. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/sj.jcbfm.9600171. Full Text

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