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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1:37 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

An Innovative Way to Save Lives

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5:12 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Discover A New Feeding Strategy...

Mexican free-tailed bats and ultrasonic signature.
Credit N. Hristov

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10:26 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Innovation vs. Invention

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

In April of 2014, Winston-Salem was officially given the title of the City of Arts and Innovation. Thanks to WFDD’s David Ford, we are familiar with local arts, but what about local innovation? As you may know, the city has an entire area dedicated to innovation.

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SciWorks Radio
4:00 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Microbes

Staphylococcus aureus biofilm on an indwelling catheter
Credit wikipedia.org

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

With biotechnology, we can harness the power of the smallest living things on the Earth to fight disease or even to manufacture products. Microbes are organisms made of a single cell, and are by far more abundant than any other form of life. To learn more about them we spoke with Dr. Patricia Dos Santos, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Wake Forest University.

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SciWorks Radio
5:10 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

The Potential of 3D Printing

3D Printing on display at SciWorks in Winston-Salem, NC
Credit Christy Ferguson.

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2:40 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Preserving Fertility For Young Cancer Patients

Summer scholars work on research projects in the lab.
Credit Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

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2:34 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Rosetta: Space probe drops robotic lander on comet 67P

Rosetta selfie from 10 miles out
Credit nasa.gov

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6:48 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

"Houston, We Have A Problem"

A diagram of the Apollo 13 module assembly. From left to right the lunar module, the command module and the service module. Note the damage from the explosion on the service module.
Credit 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.

Every kid ‘gets’ that when you let go of the open end of an inflated balloon and it flies around the room, its speed is determined by the amount of air in the balloon. It really doesn’t take a rocket scientist. 

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SciWorks Radio
4:12 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Countering The Effects of Aging

Credit Sticht Center on Aging - Wake Forest School of Medicine

 

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


The process of aging affects everyone, whether it be ourselves or the people we love. Some of us age in good health, while others can succumb to a variety of health problems, the most frightening of which can be the loss of brain function. This week, we speak with Dr. Stephen Kritchevsky, the Director of the Sticht Center on Aging at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, here in Winston Salem, where research is being done to understand and counter the effects of the aging process.

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SciWorks Radio
12:34 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Your Brain... A Social Network?

Human brain network from functional brain imaging data. This network shows the functional connectivity of the resting human brain. Each node in the network represents a small piece of brain tissue. The brain areas are connected if they have highly synchronized brain activity.
Credit Paul J. Laurienti, MD, PhD / Wake Forest School of Medicine


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

Human made items tend to be engineered and built. We look at them from a reductionist point of view. For example, a car engine is made up of many parts, but if you remove one part the car isn’t going to run. Traditionally we have looked at the human brain with the same point of view; each part has its own specific role and if you damage one part you lose that function. However, Dr. Paul Laurienti from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology and his team are using what’s known as “Complexity Science” to take a different approach.

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SciWorks Radio
12:54 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Dreadnoughtus, possibly the largest dinosaur discovered...

Credit Jennifer Hall

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You probably know that kid, the one who just loves dinosaurs. Maybe she has a stack of dinosaur books, or even her own fossil hunting kit. Some of those kids go on to become paleontologists. Others get their start in a different way.

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SciWorks Radio
12:31 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

What About Ebola?

Colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealing some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.

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

Ebola has been making headlines, becoming an epidemic in West Africa, and there are a few cases here in the United States. Ebola is a virus; a small particle a thousand times smaller than a single-celled bacteria. It can’t reproduce on its own. 

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SciWorks Radio
9:14 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Are You A Scientist?

Young Joon Seol, Ph.D., research fellow, at work on a project to print experimental muscle tissue for reconstructive surgery.
Credit Wake Forest Baptist Health

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

When you think of a Scientist, who comes to mind? Do you picture someone in the desert with their face to a dusty rock uncovering a dinosaur bone? Maybe you think of the mad-scientist, unhinged and laughing dramatically? 

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SciWorks Radio
6:54 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Boy Meets Girl...

Mat with a Manikin


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

What was it that attracted you to your mate? How did they impress you? Humans aren’t the only animals that work hard to attract a partner, in fact it happens throughout the animal kingdom. Often it works like this: Boy meets girl, boy hisses, flaps, or rams his horns against another boy to impress girl. Girl either accepts or rejects boy. 

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SciWorks Radio
4:13 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

The HIV – Tobacco Connection

Dr. Travis Russell, in his dissertation research at UNCG, took a look at an interesting correlation of instances of HIV infection among tobacco users.
Credit C. Goldsmith

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

Much medical research is done to find cures for diseases, however some, like HIV, remain incurable. In the mean time, research is done on many aspects of the disease to better understand how it functions in the human body.

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12:46 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Comfort or Perception?

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner's new interior will create a new sensation for passengers inside the cabin. Innovations such as those shown here are sweeping arches, wide aisles, larger lavatories, and dynamic lighting. All these innovations are being considered with the goal to connect the passenger with the flying experience.
Credit Boeing | boeing.mediaroom.com

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

Were you comfortable the last time you flew on an airplane? I bet you can answer that question easily. Now, have you ever climbed Pilot Mountain and sat on a rock to rest or have a picnic lunch? Do you remember how comfortable that rock was? 

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SciWorks Radio
5:00 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Fracking with Bacteria

Colonies of B. subtilis grown on a culture dish in a molecular biology laboratory
Credit From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository

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5:24 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Research Being Done To Counter The Effects Of Aging

Credit Sticht Center on Aging - Wake Forest School of Medicine

 

    

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

The process of aging affects everyone, whether it be ourselves or the people we love. Some of us age in good health, while others can succumb to a variety of health problems, the most frightening of which can be the loss of brain function. This week, we speak with Dr. Stephen Kritchevsky, the Director of the Sticht Center on Aging at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, here in Winston Salem, where research is being done to understand and counter the effects of the aging process.

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SciWorks Radio
1:52 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

The Anti-Vaccination Problem

This photo shows a child with a classic day-4 Measles rash.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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

 Vaccination may be one of our greatest medical success stories. For example, according to the centers for disease control, in the late 1940s through the 1950s the US had about 35 thousand cases of polio, a potentially deadly disease. A vaccine was introduced in 1955 and by 1965 only 61 cases were reported. 

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SciWorks Radio
3:08 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Rosetta Space Probe Explores the Origins of the Solar System

Comet on 3 August 2014
Credit ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team

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

On August 6th of this year the European Space Agency completed a 10 year journey of the space probe Rosetta to the object designated Comet 67P. While several cometary flybys and missions have been completed in the past, Rosetta will accomplish a series of firsts, according to the European Space Agency. It is the first spacecraft to orbit a comet, and as such it will be the first to accompany a comet as it journeys to the inner solar system. It will be the first to see up close the transformation of a comet as it approaches the sun. Rosetta will place a robotic lander on the surface in the first-ever controlled landing on a comet. The images produced will be the first ever taken from the surface of a comet.

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SciWorks Radio
1:56 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Wake Forest Biologist Studies The Galapagos Blue-Footed Boobies' Struggle To Survive

The Blue-Footed Booby
Credit David Anchundia

  

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

The Galapagos islands are famous for their association with Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution by natural selection. Being isolated, the islands acted much like a controlled laboratory for clear observation of basic evolutionary adaptations among species. 

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SciWorks Radio
11:19 am
Thu July 31, 2014

13 Year Old Invents To Save Lives

The Rescue Travois is hands-free and easy to tow.
Credit Michelle Lewis

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


Right in front of you is an invention. Your desk, the computer, your watch, the plate your breakfast is sitting on. The radio you’re listening to right now. Even the most basic items around us were invented. Though no one ponders the inception of the door knob when entering a room, we do tend to celebrate the giants who gave us things like light bulbs or mechanized automobile production. Necessity really is the mother of invention, and sometimes that need is a means to keep your coffee warm. Other times the need to save lives. That's where Chase Lewis from Raleigh, North Carolina, comes in. At age 13 he invented potentially life-saving technology, earning prizes and patents along the way.

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Sciworks Radio
5:25 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

When Science and Art Become A Thing . . .

Completed 3-D visualization of a pop song written by local artist, Scott Betz.
Credit Laura Huff

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4:03 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Charlie Talks With An Astronaut

Astronaut Thomas H. Marshburn, mission specialist
Credit NASA

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When you were a kid, did you want to be an astronaut? If you could have spoken to one, what would you ask?

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5:02 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Fish Tectonics

Waterfall on a small tributary of the Clearwater River
Karl Wegman, North Carolina State University

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


  We often think of different scientific disciplines as existing in isolation from one another, but in reality they are interconnected. For example, Astronomy is the study of space and the objects within. These objects are made from atoms, and can be investigated though chemistry. They follow the laws of Physics. Earth is one of those objects. Earth’s biologic organisms evolved and are influenced by the various expressions of geology, and life has altered the geology of the Earth.

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SciWorks Radio
3:42 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

The Dinosaurs In Your Backyard

Caption: Artist's rendering of Archaeopteryx, descendant of the dinosaurs and possibly the worlds first bird.
Credit Todd Marshall via Live Science

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

(Hear Dr. Zanno talk about her recent dinosaur discovery, Siats Meekerorum, on last week's SciWorks Radio)

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12:06 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

A New Dinosaur Discovery

Siats Illustration
Artwork by Jorge Gonzales

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12:06 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Run Robot Run!

Students participate in the Robot Run in Winston-Salem
Credit Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce

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(Find out about the adult Robot Fun Run happening Friday June 27, 2014.)

Many of us have grown up with heroes like Neil Armstrong, Jane Goodall, or Jack Horner, the famous paleontologist. These days, who in Science truly inspires our kids?

You can ask any middle schooler to name an athlete and they can name 10, but you ask them to name a single living scientist and the chance of them answering that question is slim to none.

Science is not for Albert Einstein type characters. This is for everyone.

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SciWorks Radio
3:13 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

North Carolina Doctor The First to Implant Lab-Grown Organs

The scaffold is configured into a vaginal shape.
Credit Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

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

We are rapidly approaching a time when organ donor waiting lists and a body’s rejection of donated organs will become a part of medical history. This is due to Regenerative Medicine; the practice of replacing or engineering human tissues and organs. Recently, news broke that patients have successfully received lab-grown vaginas. The study took place between 2005 and 2008 on girls who were then between the ages of 13 and 18. It was done by a team lead by Dr. Anthony Atala, MD, Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

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8:37 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Can Science Save Football?

Dr. Joel Stitzel displays a specialized football helmet fitted with accelerometers.

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

Recent football-related stories have exposed the prevalence of concussions and long term brain injuries. Participation in youth leagues may be declining due to this.

The internet is filled predictions of the impending foot-pocalypse; the decline of the NFL, as it erodes from the bottom up. In North Carolina we love our football, so we need to put aside the hysteria. There has to be a way to reduce the risk of injury while keeping the game alive. 

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