A West Virginia University graduate who developed the first fitness regimen for NASA s space shuttle program will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at Erickson Alumni Center.

Judith Hayes will give a historical overview of the National Aeronautics and Space Administrations fitness and exercise physiology training programs. Her talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the WVU School of Physical Education Distinguished Lecture Series.

Hayes is chief of NASA s biomedical research and operations branch at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. She joined JSC in 1984 as a research scientist in the neurosciences laboratory and has worked in both research and clinical operations associated with space physiology and medicine.

As manager of the JSC exercise physiology laboratory, she developed the original space station medical requirements for exercise. She was also lead scientist on two space flight experiments studying the effects of microgravity on skeletal muscle performance in astronauts.

During her 20 years, she has managed the JSC space physiology laboratories; KC-135 Microgravity Program; Space Medicine Project; and integration of biomedical activities for shuttle, NASA -Mir and International Space Station programs.

Born in New Jersey, Hayes earned her bachelors and masters degrees in exercise physiology from WVU s School of Physical Education and a master of public health in occupational health and aerospace medicine from the University of Texas.

She is a doctoral candidate at the University of TexasSchool of Public Health and has completed a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.