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4 Baltimore area residents win Guggenheim fellowships

At least four* Baltimore-area residents have won prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships for 2017, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced Friday.

Composer Oscar Bettison of the Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute; Photographer Mary F. Calvert, an Annapolis resident and two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; the visual artist and musician Paul Rucker; and science writer Deborah Rudacille, an English professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County are among the 173 winners of the 93rd competition.



UMBC’s Deborah Rudacille awarded Guggenheim Fellowship to pursue writing project on addiction.

Deborah Rudacille, professor of the practice in English, has received a Guggenheim Fellowship for Science Writing. She is one of only two recipients in the category this year, and one of 173 new fellows in all fields, selected from a pool of more than 3,000 applicants from the U.S. and Canada.

Rudacille will spend the 2017 – 2018 academic year researching and writing “The Family Disease: Alcoholism, Addiction, and Inheritance.” This work continues her legacy of writing about scientific topics for broad public audiences in a way that is engaging, nuanced, and resonates with her readers.


Musical about Baltimore’s Steel Industry Days

In an email to The Baltimore Sun, Simon, creator of HBO’s “The Wire” and much more, said that he, Earle and Rudacille “are attached to work on a project involving the steel works and the people who labored there.”

The Dundalk-born Rudacille, who just received a Guggenheim Fellowship, is author of “Roots of Steel: Boom and Bust in an American Steel Town,” a look at the steady decline of middle-class life that once thrived around the Bethlehem Steel plant at Sparrows Point.


AMM review of Roots of Steel

DEBORAH RUDACILLE’S ROOTS OF STEEL CHRONICLES THE DECLINE . . . OF SPARROWS POINT, OF BETHLEHEM STEEL AND OF AMERICAN MANUFACTURING …at its best, Roots of Steel isn’t political or preaching—instead, it lets the Sparrows Point steelworkers tell their own […]


CityPaper: Steel World

Deborah Rudacille looks at what Baltimore’s steelworks built — and left behind. by Michael Byrne. Think of Maryland’s 1950s and ’60s steel industry boom as a war: Deaths, injuries, sickness, wanton destruction, unlikely alliances, self-perpetuation, people getting rich–and nobody really […]


Baltimore Sun

Masculine and feminine roles don’t seem so fixed anymore, as author Deborah Rudacille finds in her study of the world of transgendered people. February 09, 2005|By Abigail Tucker | Abigail Tucker Identity is infinitely flexible, but the English language is […]


Baltimore Brew

by FERN SHEN The images in Deborah Rudacille’s new book on Baltimore’s Sparrows Point steel mill will stay with you. There was “metal pouring like lava through a trough,” one worker told her, recalling how “cinder snappers” straddled the troughs […]


The Marc Steiner Show

sparrowspoint Soon after ROOTS OF STEEL was published a group of retired steelworkers and I talked with Marc about the history and legacy of Sparrows Point.

NEJM Review: The Riddle of Gender

How do nature and nurture interact to produce a persistent awareness of one’s identity as male or as female — that is, one’s “gender identity,” as this term is now used in the official diagnostic manual of the American Psychiatric Association? How does understanding the psychology of transgendered people — those who fall between the polarities of being male and being female — illuminate gender psychology? Organized as verbatim interviews with commentary, The Riddle of Gender grapples with these questions in a stimulating way.