Raquel Diaz-Sprague. Volunteer
Campbell Hall 129
(205) 934-8513

Research and Teaching Interests: Ethics in Science, Technology, Medicine, and Communication; Medical Communication with Latinos; Cyberbullying; Moral Guidance Tools Development

Office Hours: By appointment

  • BS, Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, Biochemistry & Pharmacy
  • PharmD Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, Pharmacy
  • MS, Ohio State University, Microbiology
  • MLHR, Ohio State University, Labor & Human Resources Management

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Chemical and biological transformations have fascinated me from an early age. I excelled in math and science as well as in the arts, humanities, and religion, and was often appointed or elected to leadership positions within my peer groups. I double majored in Biochemistry and Pharmacy and earned a terminal degree in Pharmacy from the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo in Peru. Afterwards I was granted a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship to pursue graduate study in the US and earned an MS in Microbiology at Ohio State University. For several years I worked as an abstractor of journal papers on Biochemistry written in any romance language at Chemical Abstracts in Columbus, OH.

Broadening career interests led me back to graduate school, where I pursued a Master of Labor & Human Resources Management at Ohio State University, focusing in Communication. I taught Medical Communication with Latino Patients at the Ohio State University College of Medicine for many years, and led an effort to establish La Clinica Latina, a free health and dental clinic for Latinos, managed by an all-volunteer team. Since 2000, my scholarly activity has focused on gender-related ethical issues in science and society. I established the Women in Science Day program at Ohio State to address the inequalities and under-representation of women in STEM fields. I also founded a conference series to discuss ethical issues in science, technology, and medicine that brought eminent speakers, including Nobel laureates, to campus.

Recently, as a Visiting Scholar at UAB, I have been studying ethical issues in communication such as hate speech, sexual harassment, vilification, “pornification,” and cyberbullying among teens in social media. My ongoing research explores ways to analyze social media data to detect negative communication patterns with the goal of developing technological tools to detect and deter it.​
  • R. Diaz-Sprague. 2014. A career in science. In Navigating Academia: A Guide for Women and Minority STEM Faculty, P. Mosley and K. Hargrove, eds., 47-67. Elsevier Academic Press.
  • R. Diaz-Sprague. 2016. Cyberbullying vs human flourishing (panel). Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) annual conference.
  • R. Diaz-Sprague. 2016. Diversity in academia: alternate paths for participation (panel). Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) annual conference.
  • N. Sanghabadi, S. Maharjan, R. Diaz-Sprague, A. Sprague, and T. Solorio. 2016 (submitted). Separating the bad from the ugly: sifting through profanities to setect cyberbullying. IOARP International Conference on Strategic Management, Leadership and Entrepreneurship.
  • A. Sprague, R. Diaz-Sprague, T. Solorio, and S. Maharjan. 2016. Exploring cyberbullying prevention by moral persuasion. In 25th Meeting of the Association for Practical & Professional Ethics.
  • A. Sprague and R. Diaz-Sprague. 2015. Toward the development of techno-ethical tools to combat online abuse. In 24th Meeting of the Association for Practical & Professional Ethics.
  • R. Diaz-Sprague. The moral challenge of the undocumented population.
  • R. Diaz-Sprague and A.P. Sprague. 2014. Exploring roadblocks to deter cyberbullying. In Computer Ethics & Philosophical Enquiry (CEPE) Conference.
  • R. Diaz-Sprague. 2006. Intercultural understanding and communication can help bridge health gaps for latinos. Posted to Bibliotheca Alexandrina.