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Chocolate is more than treat for this chemistry professor

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HOLLIS — Michael Cross, who has a doctorate in chemistry, shares the benefits of a sweet treat in “Chocolate: The Secret Indulgence” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hollis Social Library, 2 Monument Square.

Cross, a chemistry professor at Northern Essex Community College in Massachusetts and a self-proclaimed chcocolate lover will share ways chocolate affects the brain, and share some chocolate samples.

Michael Cross is a chemistry professor and chocolate lover

Despite the potential side effects of over-indulging, chocolate consumption actually comes with physical and mental health benefits, says Michael Cross, a self-proclaimed chocolate lover and a chemistry professor at North Essex Community College in Massachusetts.

Cross earned his 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.

The free presentation also will be offered at the Griffin Free Public Library, 22 Hooksett Road, Auburn, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. Visit hollislibrary.libcal.com or griffinfree.org for more information.

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