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
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

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

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
4:59 pm
Fri October 24, 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
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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