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CSI will be the Focus of Free Talk at Chelmsford Library

Submitted by on March 28, 2016 – 2:26 pm
Professor Mike Cross

Professor Mike Cross

Mike Cross, associate professor of chemistry and department chair of natural sciences at Northern Essex Community College, will present a free lecture at 7 p.m. on March 30 at the Chelmsford Library, 25 Boston Road, Chelmsford. The event is open to the public.

Titled “CSI: Fact or Fiction,” the lecture will cover the myths and realities of crime scene investigations, exploring the authenticity of their depictions in popular television shows and films. Attendees will learn about the strengths and limitations of modern forensics and have the unique opportunity to test their own crime-solving skills. A brief question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Mike Cross holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Utah, where he specialized in oxidative lesions in DNA and RNA. He teaches courses in chemistry and forensic science at NECC.  Prior to joining the faculty, Cross was an instructor in chemistry at the College of Eastern Utah.

“CSI: Fact or Fiction” is sponsored by the NECC Speakers Bureau, which hosts expert talks by faculty and administrators of Northern Essex Community College. Speakers are available to present to public and private school systems, libraries, service clubs, and more.

For additional information on the NECC Speakers Bureau, please visit the Speakers Bureau website or contact the group at or at 978-556-3682.

With campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence, Northern Essex Community College offers over 70 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth.  More than 7,400 students are enrolled in credit associate degree and certificate programs on the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses; and another 6,700 take noncredit workforce development and community education classes on campus, and at businesses and community sites across the Merrimack Valley.  Northern Essex is the only state college located in the lower Merrimack Valley Region of Massachusetts. For more information, visit the website at