Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
The 15th annual Cambridge First Day celebration at MIT will honor five local organizations that are working to preserve and bring vitality to Cambridge history.
MIT President Susan Hockfield will present Cambridge First Day Awards on June 12 to the Cambridge African American Heritage Alliance; the Cambridge Historical Society; the magazine Growing up in North Cambridge; the Longfellow Community School Oral History Project; and the Longfellow National Historic Site and Friends of the Longfellow House.
In addition to the awards, each honoree will receive $1,000 to support their continued work and a bound City Council resolution.
Cambridge Mayor Kenneth E. Reeves, Cambridge City Manager Robert W. Healy and Cambridge Historic Commission Executive Director Charles M. Sullivan will join Hockfield in the program.
The event begins at 11:30 a.m. in Morss Hall at Walker Memorial and will be followed by an informal buffet luncheon.
Jointly planned and hosted by MIT and the city since 1997, Cambridge First Day focuses on a different theme each year. The celebration has honored dozens of Cambridge businesses, organizations and individuals representing many different sectors of the community over the last 15 years for their lasting contributions to the collective quality of life in Cambridge.