Shawn Fitzmaurice

Host and Producer of SciWorks Radio

Shawn Fitzmaurice works at SciWorks with a primary role as the Planetarium Technician. He holds a B.S. in Geology from Guilford College  and is an official GIT (Geologist in Training).

Shawn is originally from Massachusetts where he worked at the Museum of Science in Boston. After a twenty-two year career, he and his family relocated to North Carolina for a change in scenery and to further his education.

Shawn’s experience with radio dates back to 2006. Since then he has been hosting a specialized college radio show focusing on Independent music from Ireland. The show continues to operate out of WQFS, Guilford College radio in Greensboro.

SciWorks Radio is presented by SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, located in Winston-Salem. The goal of this program is to encourage and extend scientific understanding and literacy within the community.

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SciWorks Radio
3:47 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Meteorites and Distant Forming Solar-systems

Artist’s conception of the view towards the young star Beta Pictoris from the outer edge of its disk.
Credit NASA - nasa.gov

SciWorks Radio is a production of 88.5 WFDD and SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, located in Winston-Salem.

One benefit of living in a galaxy, as we do, is that there are stars in our sky at different stages of their lives. The frustrating thing is that we can’t get up close for a visit, but we have gotten good at exploring them from here.

We can understand the formation of planetary systems that also tell us about our own solar system.

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SciWorks Radio
4:55 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Alzheimer’s Disease & Lifestyle Intervention

Credit Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s National Memory Screening Day Survey, 2010

SciWorks Radio is a production of 88.5 WFDD and SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, located in Winston-Salem.

Dementia is a brain condition that causes problems with thinking and memory. There are many different types, but the most prevalent is Alzheimer’s Disease. According to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, over 5 million Americans may be suffering from this incurable disease. To learn more about it and some possible preventable measures, I spoke with Dr. Laura Baker, Associate Professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Alzheimers Disease is a progressive loss of brain capacity that affects a person’s ability to remember, think, problem solve and organize. And the hallmark cognitive symptom is the inability to remember events in the recent past.

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SciWorks Radio
5:01 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Celebrate Water

Credit Molly Davis

SciWorks Radio is a production of 88.5 WFDD and SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, located in Winston-Salem.

Water is vital. Without it there would be no life on Earth. It’s not very reactive, so a molecule of a chemical can drift around in it and have a reaction with another molecule it would never have met. This was key to the evolution of life because chemicals had 4 billion years to party in the water before they sparked life. With that in mind, when was the last time you celebrated water?

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SciWorks Radio
5:01 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Simple Innovations Make Huge Impacts

Credit Wake Forest Innovations

SciWorks Radio is a production of 88.5 WFDD and SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, located in Winston-Salem.

Innovation is the introduction of new ideas, devices, or methods that will simplify and improve our lives. An obvious example is the smartphone. At any moment I can listen to music and make a citizen science entry, right after I waste an hour on social media. I can even make phone calls, but I prefer to text. But not all innovations are so complex, 

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SciWorks Radio
1:29 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Be A Citizen Scientist

Credit Jackie Karsten, National Geographic

SciWorks Radio is a production of 88.5 WFDD and SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, located in Winston-Salem.

Many of us don’t have a Masters in chemistry or a doctorate in physics. We don’t even have an archeological dig on our property, though my garage floor comes close. If you’re listening to this program, you probably do have an interest in science. 

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