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August 19, 2016

Associate Professor Tamara Berg has been honored with UNC’s Philip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty.

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.

Berg joined the Department of Computer Science in 2013 and was promoted to associate professor on January 1, 2016. Her research incorporates computer vision and natural language processing, and her current and recent projects include automatic identification and classification of objects and people in photographs, generation of natural language descriptions for images, and recognition of clothing and style in photographs.

As a recipient of the award, Berg will be invited to deliver a lecture about her research to the university community during the 2016-2017 academic year.