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Barbara Landrum RiceBarbara Landrum Riceof Bellaire, Texas, spends her days working with astronauts as a research dietitian at the Johnson Space Center. The Simpson County native graduated from UK with a degree in dietetics in 1962.

Rice was active in 4-H and the Future Homemakers of America while growing up in Kentucky and credits the organizations with helping her to develop leadership and speaking skills. After graduating from UK, Rice spent a year in Panama as an International 4-H Youth Exchange delegate.

Upon returning to the United States, Rice moved to California to complete a yearlong dietetic internship and then directed a school food service. She went on to receive her master’s degree in nutrition at California State University, directed the nutrition training program at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, started a private practice in nutrition consulting for children and adults and taught at two universities before moving to Texas.

In 1990, she joined NASA as a research dietitian at the Johnson Space Center in the Life Sciences Division, which is responsible for determining the nutrients that are needed for living and working in microgravity. She has worked with both U.S. and Russian crews. Her expertise has been called on many times over the years including in 2010 when a team from NASA consulted during the rescue of 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days, as nutrition was an important component of their successful rescue.

Rice is the author of numerous publications and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors from NASA and received the Silver Snoopy Personal Award for Professional Excellence presented by the Astronaut Corps.

Rice and her sisters established a scholarship fund in honor of their mother, Bessie G. Landrum, in the School of Human and Environmental Sciences. She has also created a dietetics scholarship at UK and a UK library fund for purchasing dietetics and nutrition publications. She was inducted into the Human Environmental Sciences Hall of Fame in 2002 and into the UK Alumni Association’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2010.