The CALS Speaker Series aims to bring in distinguished guest speakers to provide our community with insightful perspectives on a variety of topics. All presentations are free and open to the public.
2018 CALS Speaker Series
Educating Different Kinds of Minds
Thursday, Nov. 15
Bruce Pitman Center, International Ballroom
Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and autism spokesperson, will discuss the education of students who have different kinds of minds, as well as her own upbringing and work experience as a woman with autism.
Grandin is a pioneer in improving the handling and welfare of farm animals and is a prominent author and speaker on both autism and animal behavior. She has written several books on both topics and has received many awards, including induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Temple Grandin has been a pioneer in improving the handling and welfare of farm animals. Many companies around the world use livestock handling facilities that she has designed. She has also been instrumental in implementing animal welfare auditing programs that are used by McDonalds, Wendy’s, Whole Foods and other corporations.
Grandin was born in Boston and her achievements are remarkable because she was an autistic child. At age two, she had no speech and all the signs of severe autism. Many hours of speech therapy, and intensive teaching enabled Temple to learn speech. As a teenager, life was hard with constant teasing. Mentoring by her high school science teacher and her aunt on her ranch in Arizona motivated Temple to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer.
Grandin obtained her bachelor’s degree at Franklin Pierce College in 1970. In 1974, she was employed as Livestock Editor for the Arizona Farmer Ranchman and worked for Corral Industries on equipment design. In 1975, she earned her master’s degree in animal science at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes. Grandin earned her doctorate in animal science from the University of Illinois in 1989 and is currently a professor at Colorado State University.
Grandin has appeared on numerous TV shows such as 20/20, Larry King Live and Prime Time. Her books include: Thinking in Pictures, Livestock Handling and Transport and The Autistic Brain. Her book Animals in Translation has been on the New York Times Bestseller List. She has received numerous awards including the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Livestock Conservation Institute, named a Distinguished Alumni at Franklin Pierce College and received an honorary doctorate from McGill University, University of Illinois, Texas A&M, Carnegie Mellon University and Duke University.
She has also won prestigious industry awards including the Richard L. Knowlton Award from Meat Marketing and Technology Magazine and the Industry Advancement Award from the American Meat Institute and the Beef Top 40 industry leaders and the Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. In 2011, Temple was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. In 2015 she was given the Distinguished Service Award by the American Farm Bureau Federation and Meritorious Award from the OIE.
HBO produced a movie about Grandin’s early life and career with the livestock industry. The movie received seven Emmy awards, a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award. In 2016, Grandin was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2017 she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.
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