College faculty win Hettleman Prizes

College of Arts and Sciences scholars were among four UNC faculty members in diverse fields to be awarded the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement.

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.

This year’s College winners are Mark Katz, associate professor of ethnomusicology, and Brett Whalen, associate professor of history. Other UNC winners are Noel Brewer, associate professor of health behavior and health education in the Gillings School of Global Public Health; and Karen Mohlke, associate professor of genetics in the School of Medicine. Brewer and Mohlke also are members of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

They will be recognized Sept. 16 during the UNC Faculty Council meeting.

Katz’s work focuses on the influence of technology on the creation and experience of music in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Whalen has garnered a national reputation as an innovative analyst of medieval European and Mediterranean cultures.

Brewer, an expert in the psychology of medical decision-making, has studied how people make sense of the often-confusing health information they receive from medical tests.

Mohlke is considered in the top echelon of researchers in the area of complex-trait genetics, which examines the interaction of multiple genes affecting complex, common diseases.