Ronald D. Fricker Jr.

Ronald D. Fricker Jr.

Ronald D. Fricker, Jr. is a professor of statistics and an associate dean in the Virginia Tech College of Science. He is the past head of the Virginia Tech Department of Statistics. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, he was a faculty member in the Operations Research Department of the Naval Postgraduate School and, prior to that, a senior statistician at the RAND Corporation and the associate director of the RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD), a division within the RAND Corporation responsible for conducting research and analysis on complex national defense policy and strategy problems.


279,700 extra deaths in the U.S. so far in this pandemic year

By: - October 18, 2020

The number of deaths in the United States through September 2020 is at least 10% and likely 13% higher than it would have been if the coronavirus pandemic had never happened, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. Conservatively, that’s at least 224,173 deaths and probably as many as 279,700 deaths above what […]