Letter to the Reader: Fall 2020

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 that piques your curiosity during these tumultuous times. 

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, focused on our theme: Polarize. Whether it be the political climate or scientific opinions, many of us have begun to organize into distinct, often conflicting, categories. This issue, our writers, editors and illustrators have continued to work on creating a magazine that inspires meaningful relationships and breaks down boundaries between categories to facilitate purposeful journalism. 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. 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 visit 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
Editors-in-Chief



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