World-renowned activist, advocate, speaker, and author Dr. Temple Grandin will deliver a lecture to SUNY Cobleskill students, faculty, and staff in a campus-only event on Wednesday, November 20, sharing her thoughts and experiences about working with peers who are on the autism spectrum, and discussing methods she has used to be successful in her career. The lecture will begin at 1 pm in Bouck Theater, with a book signing to follow. The visit to SUNY Cobleskill is open only to current students, faculty, and staff. It is part of a multi-campus partnership which includes the presentation “Connecting Animal Science and Autism” at SUNY Oneonta, also on on November 20, in a public event.
As one of the leading scientific minds on humane livestock handling practice, Dr. Grandin has become an inspirational and guiding voice on autism as well as livestock science. As a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, and a business consultant in the industry, she pioneers improved livestock handling methods and farm animal welfare. The Boston native did not have any signs of speech at age two, developing oratory skills only after many hours of speech therapy and intensive teaching. The mentoring of her high school science teacher and aunt ultimately motivated Grandin to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer. She obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College (NH) in 1970. In 1975 she earned her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes. In 1989 Dr. Grandin was awarded her Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois for her research on the effect of environmental enrichment on the behavior of pigs.
As an author Dr. Grandin has published several hundred industry publications, book chapters, and technical papers on animal handling, plus 73 refereed journal articles and 12 books. Her book “Animals in Translation” was a New York Times bestseller and her book “Livestock Handling and Transport” now has a fourth edition. Other popular books authored by Dr. 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 has also delivered a popular TED Talk.
Articles and interviews featuring Dr. Grandin have appeared in the New York Times, People, Time and on National Public Radio, “20/20,” “The View” and BBC. She was named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential people.” HBO has made a movie about her life starring Claire Danes. The movie received seven Emmy awards, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award. In 2016, Temple was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
A former member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America, Dr. Grandin currently lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with autism. She Grandin resides in Fort Collins, Colorado.