Ronald S. Harwerth, OD, PhD, is the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Optometry at UHCO where he has been a member of the faculty since 1970. Prior to joining the UHCO faculty, Dr. Harwerth received his training in optometry at the University of Houston and his graduate research training at the University of Texas Houston, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. His research involves behavioral studies of monkeys with experimentally induced vision or ocular disorders that model common clinical conditions of humans. His current projects involve investigations of relationships between neural losses and visual defects caused hy glaucoma. Dr. Harwerth has maintained research from the National Eye Institute for 28 years and Alcon Research, Ltd. for 16 years. The results of his studies have produced over 130 publications. His active memberships include the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the International Perimetry Society, the American Academy of Optometry and·the Optometric Glaucoma Society.· Among his honors are the Glenn A. Fry Award and the Garland W. Clay Award from the American Academy of Optometry, an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the State University of New York, an Alumnus of the Year of the University of Houston, College of Optomet,y, the International Glaucoma Review Research Award, and the UHCO Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award. He is the recipient of the 2011 Esther Farfel Award, the highest distinction bestoyved upon faculty by the University of Houston and recognizes overall career excellence. With the first award given in 1979, Haiwerth is the 33'" recipient and the first UHCO faculty member to receive this distinction.