James H. Lemon Lecture: Temple Grandin

Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts, Mary Linn Auditorium
800 University Dr., Maryville, MO

Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Dr. Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University who has established herself as a pioneer and globally recognized authority for improving the welfare and handling of farm animals, will deliver Northwest's 2017-18 James H. Lemon Lecture. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Linn Auditorium.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Grandin’s achievements are more remarkable because she was an autistic child, who, at age 2, had no speech and all the signs of severe autism. Grandin spent hours in speech therapy and intensive teaching – while being cruelly teased as a teenager – and found mentors in a high school science teacher and aunt who motivated her to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer.

Grandin obtained her bachelor’s degree at Franklin Pierce College in 1970. In 1975, she earned a master’s degree in animal science at Arizona State University, and she completed her Ph.D in animal science at the University of Illinois in 1989.

As a result of her extensive work, half the cattle in the U.S. and Canada are handled in equipment she designed. She developed animal welfare guidelines for the meat industry and consulted with companies on animal welfare. She has published hundreds of industry publications, book chapters and technical papers on animal handling, alongside 73 refereed journal articles and 12 books. Her book, “Animals in Translation,” was a New York Times best seller, and she also has a popular TED Talk.

She also has received numerous awards and accolades, including recognition in Time magazine’s 2010 “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” In 2011, she was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, and, in 2015, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Farm Bureau Federation. An HBO movie about Temple’s early life and career with the livestock industry received seven Emmy awards, a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award, and, in 2016, Temple was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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