Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
As of January 11, MIT's United Way campaign is more than $30,000 ahead of last year's total at that time, though still about $37,000 short of its goal.
So far, 1,098 donors have pledged $285,011, putting the campaign at 89 percent of its $322,000 target amount, according to Liz Mulcahy, employee campaign manager. By early January 1998, 1,055 donors had contributed $254,621, or 81 percent of the campaign goal. The number of Leadership Givers (those who have pledged at least $1,000 apiece) is also up, from 59 to 77.
Twenty prizes will be awarded at a February 9 end-of-campaign raffle that includes all MIT donors to the United Way. Recent additions to the roster of prizes include four passes to the Children's Museum, tickets to the Museum of Science and the Topsfield Fair, a kids' pool party for 20, and a limited-edition Boston Celtics poster. There are also overnight stays for two at several area hotels, tickets to various musical and theatrical performances, and other prizes. Winners will be notified by phone or interdepartmental mail.
To make a donation, contact your area's chief solicitor or call the Office of Special Community Services at x3-7914.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 13, 1999.