Mar. 28, 2020 - Biostatistics expert Ron Fricker; Drive-up WiFi locations on campus; Recreational sports updates

March 28, 2020

Biostatistics expert: ‘We’re not testing as much as we should be’ for COVID-19's spread


A Virginia Tech professor who specializes in statistical modeling and disease surveillance says the United States has to do a better job of testing for the novel coronavirus if the country is to be successful in mitigating the virus’ spread.

“We don’t know what we don’t know,” said Ron Fricker, a professor of statistics in the Virginia Tech College of Science. “COVID-19 is here but we don’t have a good estimate of how widespread it is in the general population. That’s a real challenge. You can’t contain a virus if you don’t know where it is. It’s like trying to drive your car using only the rearview mirror.”   

Prior to his work at Virginia Tech, Fricker was senior statistician at the RAND Corporation and the associate director of the RAND National Security Research Division, a unit within the RAND Corporation responsible for conducting research and analysis on complex national defense policy and strategy problems.

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Drive-up WiFi locations available across the Blacksburg campus.
To help our community maintain essential internet connectivity while observing public health recommendations on social distancing, we are sharing information on Virginia Tech WiFi locations that are accessible from parking lots, using either the VirginiaTech (guest) or eduroam (student, employee) networks. This access is available in several locations around Virginia Tech’s main campus in Blacksburg.


Recreational Sports offering virtual movement options.
From: Recreational Sports. Staying fit and active is the best way to build a strong immune system and stay healthy. Recreational Sports has been working hard to develop many different ways for Hokies everywhere to get their movement at home. Recreational Sports is offering live group fitness classes via Zoom, virtual intramurals, Instagram live sports trivia, social media trick shot challenges, happiness groups and more!  Please visit our website for more information on all of our virtual programming.


Intramural sports goes virtual.
From: Recreational Sports. In support of social distancing and outdoor recreation, Rec Sports is offering Virtual Intramural Sports. Virtual Intramural Sports participants are encouraged to play golf or disc golf at their favorite course and self-report their scores to our intramural staff. Also new to Intramural Sports is geocaching. It’s time to get outdoors! Go search your local neighborhood or go on an outdoor adventure to find as many geocaches as you can. Intramural champ shirts will be awarded to the people that find the most geocaches. Golf and disc golf players self reporting their scores will also have a chance to win Intramural champ shirts.