Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
The fourth annual MIT Daffodil Days brought 31,000 bright yellow flowers to offices all over the Institute last week, helping the Women's League raise more than $19,000 for cancer research, treatment and education.
Five of the 65 department coordinators each sold more than 100 bouquets: Jeanette Kelly of Facilities (208 bouquets), Alice Downing of the Sloan School (157), Marilyn Mercer of Information Systems (129), Rebecca Tyler of the President's Office (127) and Carol Manoli of the Controllers Office (109). In addition to department deliveries, volunteers from the Center for Cancer Research (CCR) sold flowers in the medical atrium and the Women's League sold flowers in Lobby 10. Jennifer Crays from the CCR coordinated sales in the medical lobby.
For the second year, Rui Borges of Mail Services donated his time to organize and help deliver the flowers to some 70 locations.
If you would like to coordinate daffodil sales in your department next year, contact Sis de Bordenave at the Women's League Office at x3-3656 or email@example.com.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 4, 2001.