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Soak Up the Sun Through This Upcoming Lecture

Submitted by on June 19, 2019 – 3:34 pm
NECC Chemistry Professor Michael Cross

NECC Chemistry Professor Michael Cross

As the hot days of summer return, so do the ominous headlines about the risks of sun exposure. But did you know that increased levels of sunshine can actually improve our physical and mental health?

On Thursday, June 27, NECC chemistry professor Mike Cross will teach you all about our main source of light and life through “The Science of Sunshine,” a lively lecture that will explore “healthy” doses of sun and the positive effects of mild to moderate sun exposure. Known for incorporating demonstrations and magic tricks, Cross will provide audience members with a fun and interactive presentation appropriate for all ages. The lecture is free and open to the public and will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Flint Public Library, 1 South Main Street, Middleton.

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 offered as 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.

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