Rathmell, Yang honored with Hettleman awards

Two UNC Lineberger faculty members were each awarded one of four Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty. Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD, is an associate professor of medicine, Yang Yang, PhD, is an associate professor of sociology. They were honored at the September 7 Faculty Council meeting.

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.

The Hettleman Prize, which carries a $5,000 stipend, recognizes the achievements of outstanding junior tenure-track faculty or recently tenured faculty. Phillip Hettleman, 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.