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NECC Chemistry Professor Mike Cross to Present on CSI at Local Libraries

Submitted by on January 15, 2019 – 5:35 pm

Do you like watching crime shows on television?  Are you interested in knowing whether they accurately depict the role of forensic science in solving crimes?

If the answer is yes, consider attending one of Northern Essex Community College Chemistry Professor Mike Cross’s presentations at local libraries in Boxford (January 19),  Wilmington (February 13), Amesbury (April 24), and Billerica (May 30).

In his presentation “CSI: Fact & Fiction,” Professor Cross will share his knowledge on the myths and realities of crime scene investigations.  Attendees will learn the strengths and limitations of modern forensics and will have the chance to test their own skills at crime solving.  These presentations are all free and open to the public.

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.

Northern Essex offers an associate degree in criminal justice and an associate degree in lab science with a forensics option.

Professor Cross is part of the NECC Speakers Bureau, which has speakers available to present to public and private school systems, libraries, service clubs, and more.

For information on the NECC Speakers Bureau, please visit the Speakers Bureau website or contact the group at or at 978-556-3862.

Upcoming presentations include:

Boxford Town Library, 7A Spofford Rd., Boxford, MA

Saturday, Jan. 19, 1 to 2 p.m.

Call (978) 887-7323


Wilmington Memorial Library, 175 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA

Wednesday Feb. 13, 7 to 8:30

Call (978) 658-2967


Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St, Amesbury, MA

Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 to 8 pm.

Call (978) 388-8148


Billerica Public Library, 15 Concord Rd, Billerica, MA

Thursday, May 30, 7 to 8:30 pm

978 671-0948