Extension Program Assistant
MSU Extension Service
Years in Position: 4
Years of Service to MSU: 4
When children see Edna Ball around town, they say, “There’s the Food Lady!”
For four years, Ball has been teaching basic nutrition to school-aged children and families with limited resources through the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. She is based in Belzoni, in the Humphreys County Extension office.
“I talk about everything from the five food groups to the importance of physical activity for reducing health risks and combating obesity,” Ball said. “I love meeting people and sharing valuable information with the hope of changing lives through small changes over time.”
Ball’s favorite hobby keeps her moving.
“I love to dance,” she said. “I do a lot of line dancing, but I love any kind of dancing. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends.”
Through her job, Ball has also discovered a new passion for cooking healthy foods.
“I really love most any kind of food with spinach in it especially the meatless spinach lasagna recipe that the children prepared one year in the kids-in-the-kitchen program,” she said. “I like to make healthy, quick dishes, like salads, and dishes with lean protein, fresh vegetables and low-fat dairy. I’m becoming a pretty good cook of healthy foods.”
Dr. Claudia Hohn
Research Associate III
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Basic Sciences
Years in Position: 5
Years of Service to MSU: 10
Claudia Hohn’s research can get slippery, so every day when she goes to the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, she tries to think of unique approaches to her work.
“Fish are a challenging research model, and you have to be very creative and think outside the box,” Hohn said. “I get to work with multiple species. Some of them are endangered, such as the Atlantic sturgeon.”
From the time she was a graduate student in Dr. Lora Petrie-Hanson’s lab, Hohn has studied fish.
“We established the College of Veterinary Medicine’s zebrafish facility at the CVM Fish Hatchery, where we now breed several strains of zebrafish as a model organism for research,” Hohn said.
Hohn and her colleagues are studying cellular memory in fish immune systems. They also investigate the impact of the April 20, 2010, Macondo oil spill on the immune response of fish.
One of the highlights of her job is getting manuscripts accepted for publication.
“So much hard work and dedication goes into the preparation, I feel great when a manuscript is accepted,” she said. “I like that my name is on a paper that shows some new and exciting findings.”
Hohn enjoys exercising, cooking healthy food and having friends over for dinner. Until the birth of her son Eko last year, she taught spinning and yoga at the Sanderson Center.