Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom, Ph.D.
Science Education & Curriculum Development

 

 Duke University Concentration in Pharmacology
     for Biology & Chemistry Majors

 Pharmacology: Drug Actions and Reactions

 The Pharmacology Education Partnership (PEP)

 "Animated Neuroscience & The Actions of Nicotine,
     Cocaine and Marijuana in the Brain"

 "Don't Harm Yourself, Arm Yourself With Knowledge
     About Drugs"

 Teaching Packets for Scientists, Teachers and Health
     Care Professionals

 Professional Science Education Activities

 

   

Duke University Concentration in Pharmacology for Biology & Chemistry Majors
Director: Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom, Ph.D.

This curriculum for undergraduate biology and chemistry majors includes basic biology, chemistry and pharmacology courses and 1 year of research in a pharmacology laboratory.

Drug Actions and Reactions (Pharmacology 150) is a course for undergraduates designed to provide concepts about the actions of drugs with biological systems. It integrates biology and chemistry to illustrate pharmacology concepts.

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Pharmacology: Drug Actions and Reactions

RR Levine, CT Walsh and RD Schwartz-Bloom, 6th Edition Parthenon Publishing Group, New York, NY (2000)

The 6th edition of Ruth R. Levine's popular pharmacology text for undergraduates is now available.

Co-authored and updated with help from Carol Walsh and Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom.

For further information see:
www.parthpub.com/blurbs/1-85070-497-X.html

 

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The Pharmacology Education Partnership (PEP)
Project Director: Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom, Ph.D.
Project Co-director: Myra J. Halpin, Ph.D., North Carolina School for Science & Math

Pharmacology Education Partnership, a partnership with Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and biology and chemistry teachers throughout the US is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to produce and share standards-based inquiry teaching materials and activities with high school teachers. The purpose is to provide biology and chemistry teachers with practical applications of basic concepts from both biology and chemistry disciplines using pharmacology topics of interest to high school students. Phase 1 of this project is complete; 47 teachers participated and 3500 students across the US were tested. Students scored higher on basic biology and chemistry exams compared to students who did not have access to the materials. The results have been published recently in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (Vol.

Phase 2 of the PEP project is underway. 250 teachers across the US and 16,000 students are participating. Results will be released in 2005. The PEP curriculum is available to the public at: www.thePEPproject.net

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"Animated Neuroscience & The Actions of Nicotine, Cocaine and Marijuana in the Brain"

Co-creators, Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom and Gayle Gross de Nunez, SAVANTES © 1997

A 3-D computer-animated video for high school biology, psychology or health classes, drug educators, health practitioners, police departments, nursing students, physician's assistant students, etc. Funded by NIDA, this video describes basic neurobiology and the cellular actions of nicotine, cocaine and marijuana within the central nervous system. The video won a 1998 CINE Golden Eagle and has been recommended for viewing by the AAAS Science Books & Films. The video is available from Films for the Humanities and Sciences (Princeton, NJ) in VHS tape or DVD formats.

Excerpts from this video have appeared on:

  • Peter Jennings ABC News Special (March 1997)
  • Noorderlicht; "Nicotine", Holland Public Television, VPRO (December, 2000)
  • San Francisco Area TV and Cable TV Anti-Smoking Public Service Announcements (Spring, 2001)
  • NOVA; "The Search for the Safer Cigarette", WGBH Public Television, Boston (October 2, 2001)
  • WGBH's NOVA Website for "The Search for the Safer Cigarette": www.nova.wgbh/cigarette.html
  • STOP! Magazine, "The Dope on Nicotine" (March/April, 2002)

To order a copy go to: www.films.com or 1-800-257-5126.

European sales are handled by Uniview Worldwide Ltd. at http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/uniview/sci&hum4.html

Sample frames from the video "Animated Neuroscience…"

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"Don't Harm Yourself, Arm Yourself With Knowledge About Drugs"

(RD Schwartz-Bloom, CM Kuhn and CD Zieff) Scholastic Magazine, 1996

A mini-curriculum for grades 3-5 addressing drugs (nicotine, marijuana and inhalants) and their harmful effects. Teacher and parent guides included.

See: www.nida.nih.gov/dontharm/page1/dontharm1.html

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Teaching Packets for Scientists, Teachers and Health Care Professionals

A series of teaching materials for high school teachers, health care professionals and scientists to use in high school classes and other target groups. Each teaching set includes a complete set of slides, narrative script, set of learning objectives and a color printout of the slide set. The teaching packets are listed below:

  • The Brain, Drugs and the Treatment of Mental Illness, Teaching Packet for Scientists, Produced for NIMH by RD Schwartz-Bloom & G Gross de Nunez, SAVANTES

  • The Brain and the Actions of Cocaine, Opiates and Marijuana, Teaching Packet for Neuroscientists, Produced for NIDA by RD Schwartz-Bloom, SAVANTES. See: www.nida.nih.gov/Teaching/Teaching.html. Also available from the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) 1-800-729-6686 # DD102

  • The Neurobiology of Drug Addiction, Teaching Packet for Health Practitioners, Teachers and Neuroscientists, Produced for NIDA by RD Schwartz-Bloom, SAVANTES See: www.nida.nih.gov/Teaching2/Teaching.html. Also available from the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) 1-800-729-6686 # MS628

  • The Neurobiology of Ecstasy (MDMA), Teaching Packet for Health Practitioners, Teachers and Neuroscientists, Produced for NIDA by RD Schwartz-Bloom, SAVANTES See: www.nida.nih.gov/Teaching4/Teaching.html.

 

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 Professional Science Education Activities

  • Organizer, National Conference on Life Science Education and Scientific Literacy, NIH/ADAMHA (1991)

  • Advisory Committee on K-12 Science Curriculum Development, NIDA (present)

  • Reviewer, Science Education Grants, Special Emphasis Panels for NIDA, NIAAA and NIH (present)

  • Advisory Committee for Videodiscovery, Seattle, WA; multimedia materials development for neurobiology

  • Faculty lecturer for Addiction Studies Institute for Journalists, Wake Forest University Medical Center (www.addictionstudies.org )

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