Douglas Starr is the author of Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce and co-director of the graduate program in Science Journalism at Boston University. He has been a commentator on ABC’s Nightline, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and National Public Radio, as well as at venues as diverse as Harvard Medical School, Yale Medical School, and the Royal College of Physicians in London. In this talk, we will take a step back from our specializations and take the broadest possible view of blood, as a natural resource. For centuries, people have worked to understand the healing power of blood, marshal it as resource, divide it into useful components, and maintain a safe and reliable supply. In this way, blood bears a strange and striking analogy to oil. Professor Starr, who spent seven years researching the subject, will speak about the epic history of blood. In a lively talk, accompanied with historic illustrations, he will discuss the development of blood as a resource, from the first experiments with transfusions, to the creation of blood banks, to the management of blood supplies during the great wars. He will also discuss the tragedies of hepatitis and AIDS as they related to the blood and plasma supplies and how public health officials learned to address them. Finally, he will talk about current efforts to minimize the use of blood during surgery, as medical professionals strive to conserve this precious resource.