Richard W. Hardy, professor in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences' Department of Biology at Indiana University Bloomington, has been named a 2023 IU Provost Professor.
The Provost Professor position, originally called Chancellor’s Professor, was created in 1995 to honor those who have achieved local, national, and international distinction in both teaching and research/creative activity. Recipients of the award are chosen by a faculty committee sponsored by the IU Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs.
Hardy joined the Department of Biology as an assistant professor in 2002. He was promoted to associate professor in 2008 and professor in 2014. He was named director of human biology in 2018.
He is also associate director of the Arts + Sciences Undergraduate Research Experience program. ASURE gives students a chance to do meaningful research during their first year in college, rather than waiting until their junior or senior years. ASURE launched in 2018 with a student cohort of 80 students and in 2022 there were nearly 400 student participants.
Under Hardy’s leadership, research in his lab focuses on the molecular requirements for virus replication and specifically on which molecules are necessary for the replication of the viral genetic material and the optimal expression of viral genes within host cells.
Hardy teaches undergraduate courses and mentors Ph.D. graduate students. He was named chair of the Campus Strategic Plan Working Group on High Impact Experiences for All Undergraduates. As chair of a working group, he was also on the planning committee for the new IU 2030 Strategic Plan as well.