Bala, Muskola. Photo by Geoff Black (Jul 2022).

Q&A #34 – Andy Sebestyen (4 September 2023)

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For the past 50 years, the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation has facilitated discussions about science and Christian faith in Canada. As part of our 50th-anniversary celebrations, we asked 50 CSCA members to comment on their personal connections to science, scripture, and Canadian scenery. We will share these contributions throughout 2023 in the hope that you will find them engaging and encouraging.

CSCA member of the week: Andy Sebestyen, CSCA Treasurer.

1. Why did you choose your scientific discipline?

I almost feel that my scientific discipline chose me. My interests in university were biology and chemistry, but I always had a side interest in physics and astronomy. These eclectic interests developed into the field of Occupational Health and Occupational Hygiene, which relies on the knowledge of biology, chemistry, and physics to reduce exposures to chemical and biological agents and ionizing and non-ionizing radiation to prevent occupational diseases. This also included occupational epidemiology and environmental management in industry. My hope is that it has improved the lives of workers and the community.

2. What is one of your favourite Bible verses and why?

“Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word!”

—Psalm 148:7-8

All the earth praises the Lord, the creatures and all that we see and experience, and it is wonderful!

3. Which Canadian city or landscape do you love exploring and why?

Bala, Muskoka, Ontario – Our family has been vacationing here every summer for years, and it is a place where we have enjoyed the peace and splendor of the lakes and forests of the region, canoeing, swimming, running along trails, and marveling at the magnificence of a starry night sky. We have travelled to many places in the world, but are always drawn back to Muskoka.

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