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Temple Grandin to discuss autism, animal science March 5 at MSU

February 5, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Temple Grandin, who is widely known for handling livestock with the lessons she learned from her autism, will speak Tuesday, March 5, at Montana State University.

Appearing in a variety of venues that are free and open to the public, Grandin will participate in an open forum from 10 a.m. to noon in the Procrastinator Theatre in the Strand Union Building. A public reception will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Museum of the Rockies.

From 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Museum of the Rockies, Temple will give two talks - the first focusing on animal science and the second on autism. Both talks are free, but they require tickets because of high interest and limited seating. The tickets must be obtained ahead of time from the sponsors.

The animal science talk will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. It is sponsored by MSU's College of Agriculture and the Department of Animal and Range Sciences. For tickets, contact Susan Cooper at (406) 994-3722 or

The autism talk will run from 8 to 9:30 p.m. It will be presented as a Caf� Scientifique event sponsored by Montana INBRE and COBRE. For tickets, call Laurie Howell at (406) 994-7531 or

Grandin has appeared on television shows such as 20/20, 48 Hours, CNN Larry King Live, PrimeTime Live, 60 Minutes, and the Today Show. She has been featured in People Magazine, the New York Times, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Time Magazine, the New York Times book review, and Discover magazine. In 2010, Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people. Interviews with Grandin have been broadcast on National Public Radio, and she has a 2010 TED Lecture titled "The World Needs ALL Kinds of Minds." Her life story was made into an HBO movie titled "Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes," which won seven Emmy awards and a Golden Globe.

Grandin now 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. She has written more than 400 articles in scientific journals and livestock periodicals. Her books "Animals in Translation" and "Animals Make Us Human" were both on the New York Times bestseller list.

For more information on Grandin, visit her website at

Montana INBRE and COBRE are each an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant numbers P20GM103474 (INBRE) and GM103500 (COBRE).

For more information about the Caf� Scientifique event, contact Laurie Howell at (406) 994-7531 or For more information about the Caf� Scientifique concept, check the Web at

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or