Shawn Fitzmaurice
Professional Voice Actor

Shawn Fitzmaurice
Professional Voice Actor

I was privileged to bring the amazing science happening in North Carolina to the ears of local public radio listeners, podcast listeners, and curious minds across the globe. From ant super-colonies to cancer-killing GMO swarmbots, from the edges of the universe to the ground under our feet, Science was made understandable and accessible. This was representative of SciWorks (now Kaleidium)’s mission of making science accessible to everyone.

I am currently refurbishing select episodes and archiving them here, with an eye on picking up the project again from here in Boston.

Science Communication Through Art

You have your 3D glasses on, you’re settled comfortably, facing an enormous screen. The lights dim and you find yourself in orbit around the Earth. Or maybe you’re in a galaxy far, far away, or boldly going where no one has gone before. Whether you’re reading your child a book about bugs or on a class field trip to see dinosaurs at a museum, you are receiving your information through the interpretation of an artist. [...]

By |2022-02-01T14:22:26+00:00November 15, 2021|SciWorks Radio|0 Comments

The Virus That Kills Cancer

The holy grail of health care, arguably, is a cure for cancer. For decades we’ve relied on treatments like radiation therapy and chemotherapy, which don’t always work and can have some horrible side-effects. After all, chemotherapy was inspired by mustard gas around the time of World War I. But cancer cells are part of our own bodies so they are always with us, and our immune system recognizes them and kills them. Sometimes the cancer grows [...]

By |2022-02-01T14:23:07+00:00November 12, 2021|SciWorks Radio|0 Comments

Evolution and the Predictive Power of Science

Some of the great scientific theories unify our knowledge and have fundamentally changed the way we look at the world. Heliocentrism, for example, is the theory that the earth and other planets revolve around the sun. Though at one time it was soundly rejected by the community at large, it best explained the motions of objects in the sky. In science, a theory is an accepted method of interpreting facts. It’s based on evidence, and careful observation and cannot [...]

By |2022-02-01T14:25:18+00:00November 11, 2021|SciWorks Radio|0 Comments

The Long Path To Life And The Recycled Star You Are

At a local museum's star party, on a cold winter’s night, you are squinting through a telescope at the Orion Nebula. In this beautiful, interstellar cloud, you see a few of the hundreds of thousands of new stars being born in this stellar nursery, recycling the remnants of those that have long since died in a supernova explosion. Hear the radio broadcast version in this player: This story of universal-scale recycling and evolution has played out [...]

By |2022-02-01T14:26:05+00:00November 4, 2021|SciWorks Radio|0 Comments

If Papa Was A Rolling Stone, He’d Obey The Laws Of Physics

If your papa was actually a rolling stone, your mama could have kept track of him. That’s because his travel distance and travel time would be predictable! In fact, you and mama could’ve used basic math skills to find him. He’d have been thrilled. As it turns out, the same principle used to find your daddy also defines the plume of his cigarette smoke, as well as river systems, migrating bison, the veins in your body, and [...]

By |2022-02-01T14:26:54+00:00November 2, 2021|SciWorks Radio|0 Comments

Boy meets Girl : Moves like Fuxjager

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. Baby animals are made… or not. How has evolution produced these often strange and sometimes [...]

By |2022-02-01T14:28:52+00:00October 31, 2021|SciWorks Radio|0 Comments

Investigating the Purpose of Female Beauty in Animals

If you’re a male animal, you might be far more gorgeous than your female partner. Think about the flowing mane of a lion, the majestic antlers on an elk, or the artistically intricate patterns on a peacock’s feathers. Hear the broadcast version in this player. But now researchers are zeroing in on what qualifies as female beauty among many animal species. They are far more muted than the signals that we see in males, so [...]

By |2022-02-01T14:33:03+00:00October 29, 2021|SciWorks Radio|0 Comments

The Carolina Butcher : 2-legged Crocodile Ancestor before the Dinosaurs

Crocodiles and their ancestors were around a hundred million years before the dinosaurs. One of the largest of the early crocodile family was discovered right here in North Carolina. It has been investigated and described by Dr. Lindsay Zanno, Director of the Paleontology and Geology lab at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, at NC State University. The Carolina Butcher Or Carnufex Carolinensis, to use the [...]

By |2022-02-01T14:29:32+00:00October 29, 2021|SciWorks Radio|0 Comments

Galapagos Blue-Footed Boobies’ Struggle To Survive

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. Within the Galapagos also live species which have not yet had their evolution defined by the islands’ environment. Interestingly, they may be relying on some more deep-seated and complex survival strategies. Blue-Footed Boobies are large sea birds that [...]

By |2022-02-01T14:31:31+00:00October 29, 2021|SciWorks Radio|0 Comments

A New Dinosaur Discovery

Yes, we’re still discovering new dinosaurs! In this podcast, learnabout a new dinosaur discovered by paleontologist Doctor Lindsay Zanno of the  Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, North Carolina. A predator, carnivore, 2-legged animal, Siats Meekerorum may have looked and behaved a lot like a Tyrannosaurus Rex, but it lived in a much earlier time period, and was not closely related. What in evolution would cause the similarity? And why did this one particular person become [...]

By |2022-02-27T02:09:08+00:00January 5, 2021|SciWorks Radio|0 Comments
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