Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Rachel E. Gross

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Arlington, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2019

Rachel E. Gross is a longtime science journalist writing a nonfiction book on how scientists mapped the female reproductive system. Most recently she was the Digital Science Editor at Smithsonian magazine, where she shaped coverage of new scientific developments and launched a column profiling unsung women in the history of science. In 2018-2019 she was selected as a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT in Cambridge, MA. Before that she was a reporter for Slate, where she won the 2016 Wilbur Award for her profile of an evangelical creationist who embraced the science of evolution. At MacDowell she developed chapters delving into cutting-edge research on artificial ovaries and the vaginal microbiome.


Phi Beta

Rachel E. Gross worked in the Phi Beta studio.

Funded by the Phi Beta Fraternity, a national professional fraternity of music and speech founded in 1912, Phi Beta Studio was built from 1929–1931 of granite quarried on the MacDowell grounds. The small studio is very simple in design, but displays a pleasing combination of materials with its granite walls and colorful slate roofing. Inside is a…

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