Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
David Tarin (left), instructor Jack Lynch (SB/SM '63) and Jen Hammock step lively in a Charm School course on dancing. At the conclusion of the IAP sessions on the finer points of decorum, President Charles M. Vest delivered a Commencement speech to "graduates" of Charm School. "All of us share your pride in completing this rigorous course of study. In the near future, you are going to change the world (for the better, of course), and then no one will care whether you use the right fork or drag your cuff through the punch bowl," Dr. Vest said. "But now, thanks to Charm School, you are not even going to have those little lapses anymore. It's a pleasure for me to be able officially to send you out into the world to charm the socks off all you meet."
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 5, 1997.