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
2:34 pm
Fri June 13, 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.

SciWorks Radio speaks with Dr. Christopher A. Ohl, M.D., infectious diseases expert at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Medical Director of Communicable Diseases for the Forsyth County Health Department.

 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
3:13 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.

Dr. Anthony Atala, MD, Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine talks about organ regeneration.

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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SciWorks Radio
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.

SciWorks Radio - Can Science Save Football?

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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SciWorks Radio
1:14 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Air Quality - The Connection

Local smoke plume impacts regional air quality
Credit Forsyth County Office of Environmental Assistance & Protection

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

Lorelei Elkins, Program Coordinator at Triad Air Awareness talks about how our little actions can impact the environment.

We all know well by now that our smallest actions can have a consequence on the environment. While we often think of long term effects on climate, many of us overlook the immediate local impact. In this second Earth Day series installment of SciWorks Radio, we spoke with Lorelei Elkins, Program Coordinator at Triad Air Awareness, based in the Forsyth County Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection.

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SciWorks Radio
12:33 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Coal Ash Spill Impact

In the foreground is the Duke Energy Dan River Steam Station. In the background are the two ash ponds. The ash/water mix from the forward “primary” pond drained into the Dan River on February 2, 2014.
Credit Waterkeeper Alliance and Southwings

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

Dr. Dennis Lemly, research fish biologist for the US Forest service looks at how coal ash is stored and the potential danger those storage processes have on the environment around the storage sites.

Recently, we looked at the cause of the Dan River coal ash spill, and discussed some ways to read the river for damage. Today we’ll speak with Dr. Dennis Lemly, research fish biologist for the US Forest Service, about this recent spill and the impact of ash waste in general.

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