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Chemist stars in “Piled Higher and Deeper” The Movie

Evans Boney plays the role of Mike Slackenerny, at bottom right. Photo credit: The PhD Movie www.phdcomics.com/movie

The new Ph.D. movie, based on the well-known comic strip “Piled Higher and Deeper” by Jorge Cham has been taking college campuses by storm since its release last Fall.

If you haven’t seen it yet, like me, I know you’re dying to get your chance. I just found out my campus is screening it in February—I’m super psyched about this!

Well, did you know that one of the graduate students starring in the film is a chemist?*

That’s right. Meet Evans Boney. He’s a chemistry grad student at CalTech, where his research efforts focus on astrophysics, surface vibrational transfer, novel photovoltaic designs, evolutionary theory, and statistical econophysics.

But in his spare time, such as on weekends and in the wee hours of the night, Evans enjoys writing, acting and producing.

Film + science = dream job

After graduating from MIT (B.S. Chemistry and Physics, Math Minor, 2006), Evans’s long-term plan was to… well, he didn’t have one. That’s why he came to grad school.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life and it seemed like a conveniently long number of years to delay the decision,” he says.

In the past two years, Evans got into acting and film production with the help of his wife, Susanna Boney, who works in the film and television industry.

“My wife started working her way up the ladder in Hollywood… so I started looking on the other side of the fence at her workplace and the grass seemed a lot greener,” he says.

When he was finally honest with himself about his dream career, he realized he really wanted to be someone like  Bill Nye the Science Guy: a writer, actor and producer of science-related content.

His biggest break has been with The PhD Movie

, where he plays the part of Mike Slackenerny, a wizened nth year graduate student mentor to the Nameless protagonist. Continue reading →