Professor speaks about chocolate Saturday

Courtesy photoProfessor Michael Cross, a self-proclaimed chocolate lover and a chemistry professor at Northern Essex Community College, will talk about chocolate on Saturday at Merrimac Public Library.

MERRIMAC — “Chocolate: the Secret Indulgence” will be presented Saturday at 11 a.m. at Merrimac Public Library, 86 W. Main St.

Northern Essex Community College chemistry Professor Michael Cross will discuss how the potential effects of eating too much chocolate comes with a wide range of physical and mental health benefits.

Cross, a chocolate lover, will talk about how chocolate can be seen as the perfect treat and explain how it affects the human brain.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Chocolate samples will be provided.

Cross has a doctorate 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 a chemistry instructor at the College of Eastern Utah.

The program is offered through the NECC Speakers Bureau, which has professional faculty and staff speakers available to talk to schools, libraries, service clubs and other organizations.

For more information, visit the Speakers Bureau website or contact the group at speakersbureau@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3862.

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