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
12:33 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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SciWorks Radio
1:26 pm
Fri May 9, 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.

North Carolina native Dr. Stokes Fishburne was among a team of engineers on the ground working to bring the Apollo 13 crew home safely.

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
8:17 am
Sun May 4, 2014

The Evolving Theory of Plate Tectonics

Plate Tectonics
Credit USGA

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

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SciWorks Radio
11:19 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Think Global, Act Local

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

Andrew Clifton, Green Program Coordinator at Forsyth Country Day School has built environmental sustainability into students’ educational experience.

  You've heard it before: Think Globally, act locally. Sometimes that means buying local food, or carpooling. But when you get down to it, what’s more local than your child’s school?

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SciWorks Radio
7:55 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

The War Between Bats and Moths

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 war between Bats and moths is driven by natural selection, which is the engine of evolution. This is how it works...

  Today we’re talking about an arms race that’s been escalating in our skies - for about 65 million years. The war between Bats and moths is driven by natural selection, which is the engine of evolution. This is how it 

  works: An individual organism is born with a mutation that gives it an advantage for survival. Maybe its better at finding food or avoiding predators, but it lives longer and produces more offspring.

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