Four Faculty Honored With Hettleman Awards

Four highly promising professors in diverse fields have been awarded the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty.

Recipients are Evan S. Dellon ’07 (MPH), assistant professor of medicine and an adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology in the School of Medicine; Malinda Maynor Lowery ’02 (MA, ’05 PhD), associate professor of history; Kimryn Rathmell, associate professor in the departments of medicine and genetics in the School of Medicine; and Yang Yang, associate professor of sociology.

The Hettleman Prize, which carries a $5,000 stipend, recognizes the achievements of outstanding junior tenure-track faculty or recently tenured faculty. Phillip Hettleman ’21, who was born in 1899 and grew up in Goldsboro, established the award in 1986. He earned a scholarship to UNC, went to New York and in 1938 founded Hettleman & Co., a Wall Street investment firm.

Dellon applied his intellect, imagination and drive to conduct groundbreaking research in EoE, a newly recognized chronic disease characterized by the abnormal presence of eosinophil in the lining of the esophagus. Eosiniphils, a type of white blood cell, helps fight infections, but when it infiltrates the esophagus, it can lead to asthma and allergic diseases.

A rising star in the field of Native American history, Lowery has gained a national reputation for her innovative scholarship. She recently completed a project on “Digitizing Southern Indian History,” and her historical work Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation was published in 2010 by UNC Press.

Rathmell’s research spans the cancer genetic process, drug discovery, biomarker development, functional tumor imaging analysis and therapeutic clinical trials. Her UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center lab has contributed to the understanding of renal cell cancer tumor biology and provides an outlet for translational studies that have led to changes how cancers are viewed in the clinical area.

Yang’s research interests cross demography, medical sociology, cancer and quantitative methodology. She joined UNC two years ago as part of an initiative with the University Cancer Research Fund and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her goal is to better understand and find solutions to problems arising from interactions between individuals’ social and physical worlds.

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