Letter to the Reader: Fall 2020 (Issue 1)

Dear Reader,

In an era defined by a global pandemic, political turmoil, and social justice movements, it’s undeniably clear that our actions and words have historical implications. As students and members of the WashU community, we receive a constant stream of information about the world at unimaginable speeds.  In an ever-changing world, we hope this message finds you healthy and well. As a student-led interdisciplinary health magazine, Frontiers is dedicated to educate, inform, and relay information to the public, while upholding the integrity of medical journalism. At our core, we are a group of passionate undergraduate students working to express our love for science, medicine, healthcare, and more. Now more than ever, we hope our commitment to medical journalism brings you relevant information as well as the opportunity to gain insight on how these tumultuous times have led to a “new normal”.

We are proud to present you with a diverse collection of articles engaging many multi-faceted aspects of medicine including public health, biomedical research advances and reflections on health policy, this time focused on our theme: Normalcy. Whether it be adjusting to new public health guidelines or finding new ways to build connections with our peers, we have redefined changing circumstances as the “new normal.” This issue, our writers, editors and illustrators have continued to work to create a magazine showcasing meaningful relationships between contributors, while bringing insightful articles to readers, like you, to immerse themselves in the text. We seek, above all, to create an environment that cultivates creativity, engages investigative writing and fosters open-mindedness amongst all members. 

Each article has been crafted by our passionate writers, critiqued with care by our attentive editors, designed by our imaginative illustrators and published behind-the-scenes by our dedicated executive members. We hope that some of these articles pique your curiosity and showcase the hard work and dedication devoted to publishing a magazine that enables us to spread informative and scientific ideas. 

If you would like to become a part of our Frontiers family, there is definitely a place for you! While our operations are currently remote, we are always excited to welcome new members, whether as a writer, an editor, an illustrator or a member of our Executive Board. We would also love to hear any of your comments, questions, suggestions, and/or concerns. Please contact us at eic.frontiersmag@gmail.com or look at our website frontiersmag.wustl.edu for more information. 

Please take a glimpse of what our accomplished members have put into this issue. We are confident that it can shed a little light in our community and perhaps even beyond. 

“In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” – Eric Hoffer

Happy reading,
Soyi Sarkar, Anhthi Luong

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