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Temple Grandin to lecture at UVa-Wise this fall


Temple Grandin, an animal scientist who was the subject of an award-winning HBO film will visit The University of Virginia’s College at Wise this fall as part of the Colgate Darden Lecture Series.

On Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, Grandin will deliver the 2013 Colgate Darden Lecture at 7 p.m. in the David J. Prior Convocation Center. The topic of her lecture is "All Kinds of Minds."

Grandin is a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, where she conducts research while teaching courses on livestock handling and facility design.  Her book, “Animals in Translation,” was a New York Times bestseller.  Other popular books authored by Grandin are “Thinking in Pictures,” “ Emergence: Labeled Autistic,” “Animals Make us Human,” “Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach” and “The Way I See It.”

She has had a major impact on the meat and livestock industries worldwide, designing livestock facilities throughout the United States and Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and other countries.  In North America, almost half of the cattle processing facilities include a center track retaining system that she designed for meat plants.

Grandin was born in Boston and diagnosed with autism as a child. 

She obtained a bachelor’s degree at Franklin Pierce College in 1970.  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 a master of science degree at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes.  Grandin was awarded a Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989.

She has written hundreds of  industry publications, book chapters and technical papers on animal handling, plus 63 refereed journal articles in addition to ten books. 

As a consultant, Grandin has worked with Cargill, Tyson, JBS Swift, Smithfield, Seaboard, Cactus Feeders and many other large companies.  Her company does design work for many ranches and has led to work with companies such as Wendy’s International, Burger King, Whole Foods, Chipotle and McDonald’s Corporation, where she has trained auditors regarding animal care at processing plants. 

The lecture is free to the public, but large groups that are planning to attend are asked to call ahead for seating purposes. The event will take place in the David J. Prior Convocation Center at UVa-Wise.

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