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UC student hopes to earn first Ecuadorian Oscar nomination

October 26, 2021

When UC doctoral student Dani Granja started work on the script for the film Sumergible, she was one of two people teaching screenwriting in Ecuador. Alfredo León León, director and co-writer of Sumergible, approached her with the script, hoping Granja could breathe some life into the text. Eight years later, Sumergible is Ecuador’s official submission to the 2022 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film. Only 10 Ecuadorian films have been submitted for an Oscar nomination and none has yet earned a nod.

Electrical engineering student works on diagnostic device for...

October 26, 2021

Leilei Shi, a University of Cincinnati electrical engineering doctoral student, has focused his research on how to isolate and characterize exosomes — biomarkers of cancer and other diseases — using a low electric current. The tool offers the potential for noninvasive, point-of-care screening and early diagnosis with a small amount of saliva or blood. Leyla Esfandiari, associate professor of biomedical and electrical engineering, has advised Shi in the Integrative Biosensing Lab. Shi was named Graduate Student Engineer of the Month by UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Science.

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