Dr. Judith Hayes, the NASA Chief of the Biomedical Research and Environmental Sciences Division at the Johnson Space Center (JSC), visited the NMRL/WHPRC on 11 MAY 2016. She presented "Exercise is Space Medicine: Optimizing Astronaut Performance" and exchanged research ideas with the NMRL faculty and students. Dr. Hayes was the Principal Investigator on Space Shuttle experiments studying the effects of microgravity on skeletal muscle performance in astronauts. Over her 30 year career at NASA, she managed the JSC Space Physiology Laboratories, the NASA Laboratories in Russia, Reduced Gravity Program, Space Medicine Project, Integration of Biomedical Activities Program for the Space Shuttle, the Mir-Shuttle, and the International Space Station. She also serves as the Director of NASA Space Life Science Summer Institute at JSC, Executive Committee for the Aerospace Medical Association Space Medicine Association, and is a West Virginia University Hall of Famer.