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Estel D Sprague

Title: Professor
Office: 509 Rieveschl Hall
Tel: 513-556-9237
Email: estel.sprague@uc.edu
Web: http://www.che.uc.edu/fac_staff/sprague.html

Estel Sprague received a BA in chemistry from Asbury College in 1966, followed by a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Tennessee in 1971. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institut fuer Kohlenforschung, Abteilung Strahlenchemie, in Germany from 1971-1973 and at the University of Wisconsin in Madison from 1973-1974. He joined the University of Cincinnati chemistry faculty in 1974, and is now Professor of Chemistry. He served the department as assistant head from 1988-1997.

Research Information

Research Interests

Technology in Chemical Education

Research Support

  • (Senior Personnel), Howard Jackson, et al., A Coherent Multi-disciplinary Initiative to Enhance Student Learning in STEM Courses, National Science Foundation. (DUE-1022563), $249,648. 08/15/2010 to 07/31/2013. Status: Completed.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • (02/21/2003). Electronic Data Collection Using MeasureNet® 26th Annual SECO Conference, Dayton, OH.
  • (10-2003). Advantages of Networked Data Collection in the Chemistry Laboratory 164th Two-Year College Chemistry (2YC3) Conference, Elizabethtown Community College, Elizabethtown, KY.
  • (02/27/2004). Advantages of networked data collection in the chemistry laboratory Open House, Northern Kentucky University.
  • (03/19/2004). Advantages of networked data collection in the chemistry laboratory Georgia Perimeter College, Atlanta, GA.
  • (04/08/2004). Advantages of networked data collection in the chemistry laboratory Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN.
  • (04/17/2004). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
  • (04/28/2004). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN.
  • (09/15/2004). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI.
  • (10/21/2004). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data Spelman College, Atlanta, GA.
  • (11/29/2004). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data Auburn University, Auburn, AL.
  • (12/20/2004). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data Miami University, Oxford, OH.
  • (01/11/2005). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data Clemson University, Clemson, SC.
  • (01/14/2005). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
  • (01/24/2005). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH.
  • (04/29/2005). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data Bowling Green State University, Firelands Campus, Huron, OH.
  • (06/08/2005). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA.
  • (06/09/2005). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data Amherst College, Amherst MA.
  • (06/13/2005). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data Lourdes College, Sylvania, OH.
  • (06/23/2005). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
  • (06/24/2005). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data Seattle University, Seattle, WA.
  • (07/05/2005). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
  • (11/15/2005). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA.
  • (06/09/2006). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.
  • (07/05/2007). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data Cincinnati State, Cincinnati, OH.
  • (12/01/2006). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, MI.
  • (03/24/2007). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data Benedictine University, Lisle, IL.
  • (05-2007). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory, dealing with the data 39th ACS Central Regional Meeting, Covington, KY.
  • Estel Sprague (08/23/2012). Using the iPad in the Classroom to Improve Student Learning New Faculty Orientation program, University of Cincinnati.
  • Estel Sprague (08/01/2012). iPad as an Instructional Tool College of Nursing Summer Institute, University of Cincinnati.
  • Estel Sprague, Daren Porter (UCIT support) (08/02/2012). The iPad 2/Apple TV Combination in the Classroom - New Capabilities CET&L workshop (Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning), University of Cincinnati.

Paper Presentations

  • (03-2003). Advantages of Networked Data Collection in the Chemistry Laboratory. 225th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans.
  • (07-2003). Advantages of Networked Data Collection in the Chemistry Laboratory. ChemEd2003, Auburn University, Alabama.
  • (03-2004). MeasureNet in the chemistry laboratory: Dealing with the data. 227th ACS National Meeting, Anaheim.
  • (07-2004). Now that the lab is digital, what do we do with all that data?. 18th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
  • (10/18/2004). An Efficient Alternative to PC-based Data Acquisition for Teaching Laboratories: Web-based Data Storage and Networked Data Collection with MeasureNet. ACS Great Lakes Regional Meeting, Peoria, IL.
  • 10/29/2004 MeasureNet: network-based data acquisition. ACS Western Regional Meeting, Sacramento, CA.
  • (07-2006). Web-based storage, manipulation, and sharing of data from the chemistry lab. 19th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.
  • (03-2007). Light in the chemistry laboratory. 233rd ACS National Meeting, Chicago.
  • (05-2007). Numerical exercises in spectroscopy and colorimetry. 39th ACS Central Regional Meeting, Covington, KY.

Poster Presentations

  • Estel D. Sprague (10-2011). JiTT/Clickers/PI in a Large Freshman Chemistry Course-Preliminary Results International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), Milwaukee, WI.

Colloquia

  • Howard Jackson, Estel Sprague (11/02/2013). Evolution of Active Learning in Foundational Courses in Multiple Disciplines in a Large Public University. Association of American Colleges and Universities national meeting, San Diego, CA.

Lectures

  • (04/28/2012). The iPad 2/Apple TV Combination in the Classroom - New Capabilities. 3T Conference, Clermont College, University of Cincinnati.
  • (11/08/2012). Surviving the First Year and beyond - an interdisciplinary effort. SOCHE (Southwestern Ohio Concil for Higher Education, Wright State University, Dayton, OH.

Honors & Awards

  • Emerging Entrepreneur Award, University of Cincinnati, 05-2006.

Experience & Service

Service

  • Committee Member, Department of Chemistry Safety Committee, 01/01/2010 to 06/01/2011
  • Committee Member, Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 01/01/2010 to Present
  • Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry First-Year Chemistry Coordination, 01/01/2010 to Present
  • Committee Member, Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2012
  • Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry General Chemistry Coordinator, 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2012
  • Member, Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 01/01/2013 to Present
  • Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry General Chemistry Coordination, 01/01/2013 to Present
  • Committee Member, University of Cincinnati UC Dual Enrollment, 10/15/2013 to Present
  • Member, Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 01/01/2014 to 12/31/2014
  • Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry General Chemistry Coordination, 01/01/2014 to 12/31/2014
  • Member, University of Cincinnati UC Dual Enrollment, 01/01/2014 to 12/21/2014

Courses Taught

  • 15-CHEM-101 FIRST YR CHEMISTRY
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 11A

  • 15-CHEM-102 FIRST YR CHEMISTRY
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 11W

  • 15-CHEM-103 FIRST YR CHEMISTRY
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 11S

  • 15-CHEM-361 PHYS-ANAL MEASURE I
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 11A

  • 15-CHEM-102 FIRST YR CHEMISTRY
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12W

  • 15-CHEM-102 FIRST YR CHEMISTRY
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 11W

  • 15-CHEM-102 FIRST YR CHEMISTRY
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12W

  • 15-CHEM-102 FIRST YR CHEMISTRY
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12S

  • 15-CHEM-103 FIRST YR CHEMISTRY
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12S

  • General Chemistry
    General Chemistry
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12FS

  • General Chemistry
    General Chemistry
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12FS

  • -CHEM-1041 GEN CHEM II
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13SS

  • -CHEM-1041 GEN CHEM II
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13SS

  • -CHEM-1040 GEN CHEM I
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13FS

  • -CHEM-1040 GEN CHEM I
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13FS

  • Gen Chem II
    Gen Chem II
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 14SS

  • Gen Chem II
    Gen Chem II
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 14SS

  • Gen Chem I
    Gen Chem I
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 14FS

  • Gen Chem I
    Gen Chem I
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 14FS