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Rachael Schmidt is a staff columnist at The Herald. A senior hailing from San Francisco, California, she is still not used to the snow despite living on the East Coast for almost four years now. She is a biology concentrator with a focus on physiology and biotechnology and writes columns about the STEM scene at Brown and beyond.

Articles by Rachael Schmidt (22)

Schmidt ’21: The science of isolation and why first-years at Brown need more support

Columns, Opinions

Schmidt ’21: The science of isolation and why first-years at Brown need more support

April 5, 2021 0 comments

The first-year experience at Brown for the class of 2024 is unique in that its challenges are unlike anything many upperclassmen have experienced before, with one of the primary difficulties being social isolation from their peers, whom they have only been allowed to meet through Zoom.

Schmidt ’21: It ain’t over ‘til it’s over: Vaccinated people still need to exercise caution

Columns, Opinions

Schmidt ’21: It ain’t over ‘til it’s over: Vaccinated people still need to exercise caution

March 21, 2021 0 comments

There is some hope on the horizon more than a year after the World Health Organization formally declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

Schmidt ’21: Can LAMP testing for COVID-19 light the way to the end of the pandemic?

Columns, Opinions

Schmidt ’21: Can LAMP testing for COVID-19 light the way to the end of the pandemic?

February 24, 2021 0 comments

It has been over a year since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in the United States, and in a month, it will be a year since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

Schmidt ’21: Don’t let misinformation fool you: The COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are cool

Columns, Opinions

Schmidt ’21: Don’t let misinformation fool you: The COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are cool

February 8, 2021 2 comments

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout ramps up in the United States, more and more cases of adverse reactions to the injection are being reported. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, 484 vaccine-related incidents have been reported in Florida

Schmidt ’21: Distrusting COVID-19 science is a disease in itself

Columns, Opinions

Schmidt ’21: Distrusting COVID-19 science is a disease in itself

November 18, 2020 3 comments

The immediate and negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are innumerable: serious illness, worsening mental health, economic downturn and more.

Schmidt ’21: Get real — the COVID-19 vaccine isn’t coming soon

Columns, Opinions

Schmidt ’21: Get real — the COVID-19 vaccine isn’t coming soon

October 27, 2020 1 comment

The world is coming to terms with COVID-19 and establishing a “new normal” for continuing with everyday life. Naturally, many people — especially in countries hardest hit like the United States — are wondering if there is an end in sight to the pandemic.

Schmidt ’21: STEM students can still find research opportunities during the pandemic

Columns, Opinions

Schmidt ’21: STEM students can still find research opportunities during the pandemic

September 21, 2020 0 comments

COVID-19 has taken a toll on the healthcare system, the job market and the simple ability to conduct activities that once took place in person.

Schmidt ’21: The coronavirus is the great equalizer of science

Columns, Opinions

Schmidt ’21: The coronavirus is the great equalizer of science

April 8, 2020 Comments are Disabled

At the forefront of everyone’s minds right now is the ever-developing COVID-19 pandemic. What started as a faraway problem in January in some people’s minds has shaped up to be a global health crisis with both immediate and long-term consequences.

Schmidt ’21: The U.S. healthcare system is a failure, and the coronavirus proves it

Columns, Opinions

Schmidt ’21: The U.S. healthcare system is a failure, and the coronavirus proves it

March 13, 2020 2 comments

The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has quickly developed into a global pandemic of catastrophic proportions. The virus is said to cause mild to moderate flu-like symptoms in most cases, resulting in severe respiratory illness in particularly vulnerable populations such as the elderly and immunocompromised individuals.

Schmidt ’21: How introverts can thrive at Brown

Columns, Opinions

Schmidt ’21: How introverts can thrive at Brown

February 27, 2020 Comments are Disabled

The social environment at Ivy League universities and other top colleges is one where extroverts typically thrive. First off, the admissions process necessarily selects for students who are comfortable sharing personal details about their lives for strangers to evaluate,