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
4:56 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Adding Life To Your Years...

Confocal image (optical slice) of a human fibroblast cell. A fluorescent dye has been added and anything you see as yellow to orange are mitochondria. They are everywhere.
Credit Dr. Anthony Molina

Dr. Molina will be speaking about Bioenergetics and Healthy Aging at the next Science Cafe, hosted by the River Ridge Taphouse in Clemmons. This free event is on April 8th and is sponsored by SciWorks and Reynolda Gardens. Click here for more details.

The fountain of youth has been an unattainable part of the human ethos for a long, long time. Who wouldn’t want to stay young forever? That may never be a reality, but something like it may.

The work we do at the Sticht center of aging isn’t really about extending life-span, but extending something that people have been calling health-span. We’re adding life to years instead of adding years to life.

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SciWorks Radio
4:12 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Nanoengineering the Future of Power Production

Graduate student Corey Hewitt is pictured holding the technology
Credit WFU Photographer Ken Bennett

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

  

  Our culture has an insatiable appetite for energy. As we face challenges with our traditional sources, and imperfections with immediate alternatives, we need to start looking for options to supplement an all-in approach.

When you look around you there's plenty of power to be had that you're ignoring. Right now with your heart beating and you breathing you're making a hundred watts of power. There’s power everywhere you look. The light bulbs that are lighting the room, that has power and it's hitting the walls. What if that power could be collected easily? I'm telling you the can be, and we can do it with something that looks exactly like the shirt on your back right now.

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SciWorks Radio
5:41 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Plant Species Preservation

Clingmans Dome Spruce Fir Tree
Credit By Brian Stansberry (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

As we face climate change, what happens to regional plant populations? Many may not be able to adapt quickly enough, and a mass extinction could lead to the loss of potential life saving chemicals found only in these yet unstudied plants. Over-harvesting of wild plant life is another looming threat for certain species that cannot be overlooked. Thankfully scientists are taking all this into account. I spoke with Dr. Joe-Ann McCoy

I direct the development of a large collection of native plants for long-term conservation , the North Carolina Arboretum Germplasm Repository Located in Asheville North Carolina.

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SciWorks Radio
6:05 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Early Settlers in the Upper Yadkin River Valley

Credit Dr. Eric Jones

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

Why do we live where we live? Maybe we like the schools or the short drive to our favorite science museum. But why are communities built where they are?

Dr. Eric Jones, Assistant Professor of Archeology at Wake Forest University, is is trying to answer this question about some North Carolinians that once lived in your neighborhood...

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SciWorks Radio
3:06 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Fracking for Gas in North Carolina & the Geology That Made It

    

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

Check out this this map to see where the Rift Basins and Subbasins lie in North Carolina.

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SciWorks Radio
7:48 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Coal Ash Spill Impact Can Be Measured With Science

A mix of sludge and coal ash lines the banks of the Dan River in Eden.
Credit Waterkeeper Alliance

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 February coal-ash spill, has polluted the Dan River for a stretch of more than 70 miles so far.

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SciWorks Radio
12:47 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Charlie & the Astronaut

Astronaut Thomas H. Marshburn, mission specialist
Credit NASA

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 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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SciWorks Radio
11:43 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Diversity of Species in North Carolina

Black Bear Family

North Carolina ranks among the top states in the country for biodiversity. That is, the amount of different living species within a given area. There are many reasons for this, and we’re going to discover some of them from the ground up. Literally.

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SciWorks Radio
2:52 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Body On A Chip

Hyun-Wook Kang, Ph.D., instructor, oversees the 3-D printer that will be used to print miniature organs for the Body on a Chip system.
Credit Wake Forest Baptist Helath http://www.wakehealth.edu/news/downloads/

Today we’ll  talk about printing body parts.  I’m not talking about antics in the copy room. I mean bio-printing three dimensional human organs for medical research.

There are several types of 3D printers, but  the generic model for this particular type involves a nozzle that squirts out a building material like an ink. Mounted in a frame, it moves side to side as well as up and down. This allows for travel to any point within the printer’s range; “printing” material layer by layer. The result is an accurate translation of a digital computer file into a solid three dimensional object.

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SciWorks Radio
3:05 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Triad Geology

Pilot Mountain with the Sauratown Mountains in the background.
Credit Molly Davis

 

From a geologic perspective, we don’t usually think about the North Carolina Piedmont as being very exciting. There are no tall mountains or volcanoes right nearby. But what if I told you that much of the area was once dominated by towering mountains and active volcanoes? In fact most of the piedmont was made up of a series of volcanic islands, or “island Arcs” much like Japan or Indonesia today. These separated themselves from the early continents, eventually collided and were squeezed together as the supercontinent “Pangea” was being formed. This same thing happened up and down most of the East Coast of the United States. Any time you find actual granite exposed at the surface, it was once part of a magma chamber located deep within the earth, likely feeding the region’s volcanos that were formed in these collisions. The Greensboro area has a lot this.

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