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NECC Professor to Offer Radioactivity Lecture at Peabody Institute Library

Submitted by on March 7, 2019 – 8:55 pm

Chemistry Professor Mike Cross

When you hear the word “radioactivity,” you might be most inclined to think about nuclear power plants. But did you know that radioactive materials can be found in everyday products, from smoke detectors to table salt, as well?

Join Northern Essex Community College Chemistry Professor Michael Cross as he presents “Radioactivity in Your Life,” a free and interactive lecture that will explore lesser-known facts about radioactivity and the surprising forms it can take in your life. The presentation will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at the Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main Street, Peabody.

This event is open to the public. Please register online.

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.

“Radioactivity in Your Life” is offered as part of the NECC Speakers Bureau, which has professional faculty and staff speakers available to present at 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.

NECC offers associate degrees in biology, applied science, and chemistry, physics and environmental science.

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