Fund Detail

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Fund Purpose

This fund is being formed to recognize the contribution of Dr. Temple Grandin to the field of animal research, animal welfare and to the American Society of Animal Science. Once the club is fully funded, the money will be used to support those who foster the discovery, sharing and application of scientific knowledge concerning the responsible use of animals to enhance human life and well-being.

Biographical Sketch

Temple Grandin was born in Boston, Massachusetts. After mentorship from a high school science teacher and aunt who lived on ranch in Arizona, Grandin pursued a career as a scientist in the agricultural industry. Diagnosed with Autism, Grandin is able to view and understand behavioral characteristics of animals that other people cannot. Because of this, she has changed the way livestock is handled in North America and many countries by designing facilities around the needs of livestock.

Grandin obtained her B.S. at Franklin Pierce College in 1970. She earned her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University in 1975 with her work on the behavior of cattle in various squeeze chutes. In 1989, Grandin received her Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois. Currently, she is a Professor at Colorado State University.

At Colorado State, Grandin has published many industry publications, 63 journal articles, book chapters, and technical papers on animal handling. She has written many books, one of which was a New York Times best seller. Grandin has also received multiple prestigious awards nationally and internationally, some of which include Richard L. Knowlton Award from the Meat Marketing and Technology Magazine, the Industry Advancement Award from the American Meat Institute, the Beef Top 40 industry leaders and the Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Grandin was also inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2011. Grandin still speaks with parents and teachers throughout the U.S. about her experiences with autism and is a past member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America.

Value of club as of 1/2017: $7,200

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