Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
The Community Service Fund (CSF), which supports Cambridge-based organizations for which members of the MIT community volunteer, has begun its annual fundraising drive.
The CSF was established in 1968 by a vote of the faculty to strengthen cooperation and understanding between MIT and the Cambridge community. In 1996, 19 agencies received allocations from CSF, which raises approximately $50,000 a year through its annual fund drive, the CSF Road Race (scheduled this year for May 3) and the Commencement plant sale.
"For the MIT community, the Fund serves as a reminder that we champion those among us who volunteer their time, talent and energy through local public service. To our Cambridge neighbors, it demonstrates our strong concern and willingness to face various challenges together," said Paul Parravano, secretary of the CSF board of trustees and assistant for community relations in the President's Office.
Institute employees will be receiving a letter from board co-chairs Rebecca Vest and Professor Woodie Flowers of mechanical engineering this week, inviting donations to the CSF. More information about the fund drive and related events will appear in future issues of MIT Tech Talk.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 3, 1997.