UCR Playwright’s Work Screened at Newport Film Fest

The latest film by UC Riverside playwright/screenwriter/director Charles Evered, “Out,” premiered April 29 at the Newport Beach Film Festival. A second new work, a short play titled “Knock Knock,” will premiere in London on June 3.

“Out” is the story of Raymond Bilotti, a down-on-his-luck everyman who in less than 20 minutes faces the prospect of losing his home, his mother and his most closely held secret. The film stars Marty James (“A Thousand Cuts”),  Joshua Fardon (“Conspiracy Theory”),  Gloria LeRoy (“Sid and Nancy”), Craig Carlisle (“Bob Funk”),  and David Channell (“Independence Day”).

Evered, currently finishing his first year of a two-year appointment as artistic director of UCR’s theater season, is a professor of playwriting who also writes for TV and film. He directed “Out” last July in Los Angeles over a four-day period. David Moriya, a UCR theater major, was the film’s editor, and Peter Guenther, also a UCR theater major, worked on sound.

“Knock Knock” will be performed at Theatre503 in Battersea, London, in a program of short, politically themed works by American writers. It tells the story of a man who is visited by two Secret Service agents who are determined to question him.

Theatre503, which The Guardian newspaper recently described as “arguably the most important theatre in Great Britain today,” produces work the company describes as “mischievous, visually thrilling and theatrical.”

Evered plans to attend both premieres. “I couldn’t be more appreciative of the support UCR has shown me, particularly my department chair, Stu Krieger, and the university in general, which is making it possible for me to represent the university overseas,” he said.

Commenting on his upcoming productions, Evered was both relieved and thankful. “Relieved because when your work finds a home, it makes the travel, the late nights, tossed drafts, the second guessing all worth it, and thankful because I have collaborators who have been with me all the way.”

Evered has written for major studios and for the hit USA Network series “Monk,” starring Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub. His film “Adopt a Sailor” — based on a play he wrote of the same name — was an official selection at more than 20 national and international film festivals and premiered on Showtime. “A Thousand Cuts, “ his second feature as a director, was nominated for a Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.

Evered, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has won several awards for his writing including the Berrilla Kerr Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship at The Manhattan Theatre Club, the Chesterfield/Amblin Fellowship, the Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellowship, the Bert Linder Fellowship, the Lucas Artist Fellowship and the Crawford Playwriting Award. He is a former officer in the United States Navy Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant. In 2010 he formed a production company called Ordinance 14.

New Revolutionary Sensor Links Pressure to Color Change

Yadong Yin

Yadong Yin

Researchers at UCR have developed a high-resolution pressure sensor that indicates pressure by varying its color. “It’s a sensor that all of us can use with just our eyes,” said Yadong Yin, associate professor of chemistry, whose lab led the research.

The new technology, called the “colorimetric stress memory sensor,” produces a mosaic of easy-to-distinguish colors and has the benefit of higher contrast and resolution. It can potentially be used in many applications, from designing better cars and smartphones to high-tech baseball gloves.

Study results appear this month in Nano Letters.

Yin was joined in the research by Xiaogang Han, a former postdoctoral researcher in his lab, and Yiding Liu, a graduate student.

The research was funded by a grant to Yin from the National Science Foundation.

Graphene Not All Good

In a first-of-its-kind study of how a material some think could transform the electronics industry moves in water, UCR researchers at the Bourns College of Engineering found out that graphene oxide nanoparticles are very mobile in water and therefore likely to cause negative environmental impacts if released.

The use graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms prized for its strength, conductivity and flexibility, is growing rapidly.

As production of this nanomaterial increases, it is important for regulators to understand their potential environmental impacts, said Jacob D. Lanphere, a UCR graduate student.

Lanphere co-authored the paper, “Stability and Transport of Graphene Oxide Nanoparticles in Groundwater and Surface Water,” that was recently-published in a special issue of the journal of Environmental Engineering Science.

Other authors were: Sharon L. Walker, a UCR associate professor and the John Babbage Chair in Environmental Engineering; Brandon Rogers and Corey Luth, both undergraduate students working in Walker’s lab; and Carl H. Bolster, a research hydrologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Bowling Green, Ky.

Saving Crops and People with Bug Sensors

UCR researchers have created a method that can classify different species of insects with up to 99 percent accuracy, a development that could help farmers protect their crops from insect damage and limit the spread of insect-borne diseases.

The researchers built an inexpensive wireless bug sensor that can track many insect flight behavior patterns and generate much larger amounts of data that can then be incorporated into classification algorithms.

The research findings are under review for publication in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Insect Behavior. The co-authors are: Eamonn Keogh, professor of computer science; Yanping Chen, a computer science graduate student at UC Riverside (the lead author); Adena Why, an entomology graduate student at UC Riverside; Gustavo Batista, of the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil; and Agenor Mafra-Neto, of ISCA Technologies in Riverside.





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