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Warm up with the Science of Sunshine

Submitted by on February 5, 2019 – 7:15 pm
Mike Cross

NECC Chemistry Professor Mike Cross

If dreary winter days have you craving sunny weather, Northern Essex Community College might just have the solution for you.

On Saturday, February 16, Chemistry Professor Michael Cross will present “The Science of Sunshine,” a lively lecture exploring the many health benefits of moderate sun exposure and little-known facts about our major source of light and life. Known for incorporating magic tricks and jokes into his presentation, Cross will provide his interactive discussion on the topic beginning at 10 a.m. at the Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main Street, Haverhill.

To register, please fill out the signup form available on the Haverhill Library website or contact Win Flint at The event is free and open to the public.

Cross holds a PhD 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 NECC faculty, Cross was an instructor of chemistry at the College of Eastern Utah.

“The Science of Sunshine” is part of the NECC Speakers Bureau, which has professional faculty and staff speakers available to present to public and private school systems, libraries, service clubs, and more.

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

With campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence, Northern Essex Community College offers over 60 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth.  Each year, close to 8,000 students are enrolled in credit associate degree and certificate programs on the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses; and another 2,600 take noncredit workforce development and community education classes on campus, and at businesses and community sites across the Merrimack Valley.  For more information, visit the website at