Ohio University’s Frontiers in Science lecture series will host professor of animal science at Colorado State University Dr. Temple Grandin this spring. Grandin will present in Baker University Center Ballroom on March 2 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This event is un-ticketed and free to the public. The Frontiers in Science lecture series, established in 1991 by Jeanette Grasselli Brown and her husband Glenn R. Brown, seeks to feature scientists who have been recognized for their commitment to share scientific knowledge with individuals of all ages.
Grandin, born in Boston, Massachusetts, overcame many challenges throughout her life. At age two, she had no speech and all of the signs of severe autism. Grandin underwent speech therapy and intensive teaching to gain her ability to speak. Mentored by her high school science teacher and her aunt on her ranch in Arizona, Grandin was motivated to pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer.
Grandin obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College in 1970 followed by her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes. Grandin was awarded her Ph.D. in Animal Science for her research on the effect of environmental enrichment on the behavior of pigs from the University of Illinois in 1989. She is currently a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, where she continues her research while teaching courses on livestock handling and facility design.
Grandin has published several hundred industry publications, technical papers on animal handling, 73 refereed journal articles and 12 books. Her book “Animals in Translation” was a New York Times best seller and her book “Livestock Handling and Transport” now has a fourth edition that was published in 2014. Other popular books authored by Grandin are “Thinking in Pictures”, “Emergence Labeled Autistic”, “Animals Make us Human”, “Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach”, “The Way I See It” and “The Autistic Brain”. She also has a popular TED Talk.
In addition to her publications, Grandin has received numerous awards, was honored as a Distinguished Alumni at Franklin Pierce College and received seven honorary doctorates from various prestigious universities.
Grandin served on the board of directors for the Autism Society of America. She lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with autism. Articles and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, People, Time, National Public Radio, 20/20, The View and the BBC. She was also honored in Time Magazine’s 2010 “The 100 Most Influential People in the World”. Grandin now resides in Fort Collins, Colorado.
For more information about the speaker and the Frontiers in Science Lecture series, visit the event webpage.