Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
The many bright yellow displays of daffodils around MIT last week gave an indication of the success of the Institute's second campus-wide campaign for the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days. The fund-raiser raised a grand total of $10,157, or $3,781 more than last year.
This year, 42 department coordinators pitched in, up from the 16 departments that initiated the effort last year. They took orders in February and delivered the bouquets to their colleagues as the first day of spring arrived last week.
Resource Development, led by Nancy Semonian Day, topped all departments by purchasing 130 bouquets, besting last year's sale of 100 bouquets in the Cancer Research Center. Ellen Stordy led Facilities to second place with 103 bouquets. Volunteers from the Cancer Research Center and the MIT Women's League also sold 400 bouquets in Lobby 10 and the Medical Department area.
The Daffodil Day Coordinators, along with the MIT Women's League volunteers who bundled and delivered the 20,000 daffodils, were honored at a tea on Monday afternoon in the Emma Rogers Room. Ann Brady, the American Cancer Society's regional director, was on hand to congratulate them.
A version of this article appeared in the March 31, 1999 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 43, Number 24).