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Christopher France

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Christopher France to discuss blood donation on Wednesday

Science Cafes take place in Baker University Center Front Room


According to the Red Cross every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. This translates to more than 41,000 blood donations every day.

Although there is a constant need for blood, many people are ambivalent about being a blood donor. On the one hand they recognize the importance and would like to give, but on the other hand they have reservations related to fears or other concerns.

Christopher France, Ohio University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, has been studying blood donor recruitment and retention for 25 years and has developed simple strategies that help make the donation experience less intimidating.  

In his presentation titled, “I’d Like to Give Blood but….,” France will discuss his research findings and offer practical tips to those who are feeling ambivalent. The Science Cafe discussion will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 in the Baker University Center Front Room.  

"If you have fears about blood donation, this discussion is worth attending. We will be going over ways to reduce anxiety and boost one’s confidence as a potential donor," France said.

Science Cafés are a venue for students to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty, staff and the community in a friendly setting. Free coffee is offered to the first 50 attendees and participants who ask questions will win a free T-shirt.

The program is supported by the Ohio University Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity and Sigma Xi.

For a full schedule of 2014-15 speakers, visit: http://www.ohio.edu/sigmaxi/sciencecafe/.

For Livestreams of past cafés check out http://new.livestream.com/ohiocas.