Semester At Sea
Semester at Sea has a grand tradition of academic deans. Unfailingly, their bios tell the tale of an impressive and rich life in academia. On the surface, the Short Term 2012 Academic Dean Rosalyn Berne continues this trend, but as the saying goes about books and covers, the whole of Dean Berne is so much more. She is also Headmistress, Science Fiction Novelist, Scientist, Doctor and Horse Whisperer Berne. Rosalyn Berne’s diverse life and inherent pleasantness almost violently breaks down any assumptions. “I’ve lived a lot of lives,” she explains about her many passions.
Berne has been affiliated with the University of Virginia one way or another since she earned her undergraduate degree there in the early 1970s. Currently, Berne is an associate professor in the Department of Science, Technology and Society at U.Va. She holds a bachelor of arts in Speech Communication, a masters in Rhetoric and Communication Studies and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies/Bio Ethics. She has also been the assistant vice president for administration at U.Va, director of admissions at the U.Va Darden Graduate school of Business Administration and executive director of the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics at the Darden School. She is a thought leader in the field of Bio-Ethics, which explores the controversial ethics brought about by advances in biology and medicine. ”Basically, do you want your child to be a robot?” she elegantly describes the questions she tackles.