Team Bios - Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom, Ph.D.

Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom is a Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology at Duke University Medical Center and Founder and Director of the Duke Center for Science Education. During her 25 years in biomedical research, she felt she could have even greater impact on society by “translating” what scientists learn at the bench to the K-12 population and their teachers. She has developed several highly successful science education programs at the national level over the past 15 years and published her research findings on the effectiveness of these programs (see www.rise.duke.edu). Most recently, Dr. Schwartz-Bloom won the 2009 award from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for Exemplary Contributions to Science Education.

 
Now Accepting Applications for Student Science Education Grants ($500-$1500)
The Duke Center for Science Education is currently offering grants for student teams to develop hands-on science activities for children in Grades 4-10.  For more information and to apply, click here.
 
President Brodhead Awards Duke's Center for Science Education Executive Director
Congratulations to Chris Adamczyk, Executive Director of Duke's Center for Science Education, who was honored on April 20 by President Brodhead for winning a 2010 Presidential Award . This prestigious award is given to Duke staff and faculty to recognize distinctive contributions to Duke University & the Duke Health System over the past year. Read more about her award here.
 
The Hartwell Foundation Gift Establishes Science Summer Camp for Teens
The Duke Center for Science Education has received a $1.3 million gift from The Hartwell Foundation to establish a residential summer science camp for teens in grades 8, 9, & 10.  The campers will be bright, curious, capable students who are still unsure about choosing science as a career path.  The camp, a collaboration between the Center and Duke Medicine, will seek to make a life-changing difference early in the lives of young campers by sparking the desire to follow an academic pathway that leads to lifelong involvement in science.  For more information and to view the press release, click here.
 
RBC Supports Center
The Duke Center for Science Education recently received generous support from RBC Corporate to support the Showcase of Science Education coming this Fall.  Stay tuned for more information on this exciting venture!
 
Duke Science Ed Project Goes Virtual
Duke Today's Research Blog features a story on a virtual reality program developed by students in Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom's independent study course in science education.  Students Marcel Yang and David McMullen reported to the Visualization Forum about their really cool program to help students learn chemistry--and it's all about alcohol! 
 
Spotlight on Interdisciplinary Studies
Spotlight on Interdisciplinary Studies: The Duke Center for Science Education is highlighted in the July 2008 Spotlight published by the Provost's Office on Interdisciplinary Studies.  Read how the Center interweaves faculty research, student education, and community outreach. 
 
Program Highlighted in Science Magazine

The Pharmacology Education Partnership (PEP), a high school curriculum developed by faculty in the Department of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology and at the NC School of Science & Math, was assessed nationally and published in the Sept.28, 2007 issue of Science Magazine. Details on the paper available here.