Associate Professor: Science, Technology & Society
email: rwb (at) virginia.edu
office: A236 Thornton Hall
Ph.D. Religious Studies / Bio Ethics, University of Virginia, 1999
M.A., Rhetoric & Communication Studies, University of Virginia, 1981
B.A., Speech Communication, University of Virginia, 1979
Biomedical and engineering ethics; Ethics in emergence and development of new technologies (Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, New reproductive Technologies); Pedagogical use of science fiction in ethics; Ethics in encounters with living systems including plants and animals.
Awards and Distinctions
Artist in Residence, Nantucket Institute School of Design & the Arts, Nantucket, MA, 2015
Artist in Residence, Hedgebrook: Women Authoring Change, Whidbey, Island, WA, 2007
Fulbright Scholar’s Lectureship Award Nehru University, India, 2007
Outstanding Teaching and Service Award, Department of Science, Technology and Society, University of Virginia, 2003
Virginia Leadership Award, National Organization of Women, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1999
STS 1500: Science, Technology & Contemporary Issues: “Socio-technical Futures in Engineering and Science Fiction”
STS 2500: Science, Fiction, and the New Reproductive Technologies
STS 2500: Science and Technology in Social and Global Context: “Biotechnology and the Frankenstein Myth”
STS 2500:Technology, Science Fiction and the Future
STS 4500: Science, Technology and Society in Engineering Practice
STS 4600 Engineering Ethics and Society
Berne, R.W. Waking to Beauty. (2016). Faber, VA: Rainbow Ridge Books.
Berne, R.W. (2014), Editor. Creating Life from Life: Biotechnology and Science Fiction. Singapore: Pan Stanford Publishing.
Berne, R.W. (2013). When the Horses Whisper. Faber, VA: Rainbow Ridge Books.
Berne, R.W. (2012). Waiting in the Silence. Little Rock, AK: Spore Press.
Berne, R.W. (2006). Nanotalk: Conversations with Scientists and Engineers about Ethics, Meaning and Belief in the Development of Nanotechnology. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.