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RELEASE DATE: January 6, 2014

Renowned animal science researcher to speak at Berry

Renowned author, lecturer, and professor Temple Grandin will speak at 8 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Cage Center.

This event is free and open to the public.  

Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, has designed systems to promote humane treatment of farm animals. Even though she is autistic and did not talk until she was 3, Grandin is now a renowned lecturer, writer and researcher.  Her life story has also been made into an HBO movie starring Claire Danes, which won seven Emmy awards.

Grandin’s achievements are remarkable because she was an autistic child. Many hours of speech therapy, and intensive teaching enabled her to learn speech. Mentoring by her high school science teacher and her aunt on her ranch in Arizona motivated Grandin to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer.  

She obtained a bachelor of arts degree from Franklin Pierce College in 1970. And in 1974, she was employed as Livestock Editor for the Arizona Farmer Ranchman and also worked for Corral Industries on equipment design. In 1975, she earned her master of animal science degree at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle. She was awarded her doctorate in animal science from the University of Illinois in 1989.

Grandin is a past member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America. She lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with autism. She has appeared in the New York Times, People  and on National Public Radio. She was also honored in Time magazine’s 2010 “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” and in 2012, Grandin was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.  

Grandin’s lecture is made possible by the Conson C. Wilson Lectureship whose goal is to bring scholars of national and international renown and interest to Berry College. The program bears the name of Colonel Conson Cummins Wilson, a longtime friend of Berry whose estate included a bequest to endow a lectureship series.

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Written by Public Relations Supervisor Hayden Sloan

 

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