Monday, February 22, 2010

Three events with animal behavior expert Temple Grandin

Because she is autistic, Temple Grandin has a unique perspective on livestock facilities.  Her sensory experiences are not like average people's -- and that gives her insight into what distresses animals.

According to, "in North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that Temple Grandin designed for meat plants. She has also developed an objective scoring system for assessing handling of cattle and pigs at meat plants. This scoring system is being used by many large corporations to improve animal welfare. Other areas of research are: cattle temperament, environmental enrichment for pigs, reducing dark cutters and bruises, bull fertility, training procedures, and effective stunning methods for cattle and pigs at meat plants. Today she teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design at Colorado State University and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare."

Three events this week feature Dr. Grandin:

Announcement from TC3

Dr. Temple Grandin and Autism Resource Fair
Temple Grandin, Ph.D. will be speaking at the gymnasium in the new TC3 Athletics Facility on Tuesday, February 23 from 7:30–9:00 p.m. with an Autism Resource Fair from 6:30–7:30 p.m. Dr. Grandin is a leading scholar and well known author with autism who speaks on autism spectrum disorders. She is also well known as an animal behavioral specialist, particularly in the area of cattle handling. The events are free, but advanced registration is required.

Announcement from Cornell

Temple Grandin -- a scientist, innovator, professor, renowned animal welfare activist, much-in-demand veteran of the speaking circuit and one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism -- presents her final lecture as Cornell's Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of '56 Professor, "Animal Behavior and Welfare," Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m., Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall.

On Feb. 25 at 7 p.m., Willard Straight Theatre, Grandin and producer Scott Ferguson '82 present a new biopic from HBO, starring Claire Danes, which chronicles Grandin's life through the '60s and '70s.

Temple Grandin HBO trailer:

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