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Ronald W. Hardy Awarded Distinguished Professor Status for Contributions to Aquaculture

March 20, 2018

Ronald Hardy, Aquaculture Research Institute Director at the U of I, has been granted the rank of distinguished professor by President Chuck Staben, Provost and Executive Vice President John Wiencek, and the university's Distinguished Professor Committee.

Since receiving his doctorate in fisheries at the University of Washington in Seattle, Hardy's 40-year academic career has flourished, and he has become a globally-recognized expert on the subjects of aquaculture, fish nutrition and feed production technology. He has authored nearly 300 academic articles and book chapters, as well as actively served on the editorial boards of several prominent academic journals focused on aquaculture.

Hardy became director of the University of Idaho's Fish Culture Experiment Station in Hagerman in 1996. He has grown this station - and the aquaculture program - by building research partnerships with industry, state and federal agencies, Native American tribes, various colleges within the university, and other internal and external partners.

Hardy's prominent work has attracted much talent in the form of students and faculty, vaulting the University of Idaho's aquaculture program to one of the best in the world.

Thanks in great part to Hardy's leadership, ARI has recently modernized and expanded one of its facilities in Moscow, Idaho. This new facility will come online this summer and will house one of the world's only facilities capable of saltwater aquaculture research in a completely terrestrial-based environment.

"I am delighted with our university leadership's decision to bestow this honor to Ron," said Janet E. Nelson, Vice President for Research and Economic Development. "He is a true leader in his field as a researcher, a mentor and an interdisciplinary collaborator."

Hardy will receive his award at the University of Idaho's Excellence Awards Banquet on April 25, 2018 at the university's Pitman Center building.

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