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 fund a symposium associated with animal behavior and welfare. Additional endowment earnings may also be used to support graduate student travel.

We are actively fundraising to establish this Appreciation Club. To help honor Dr. Grandin, click here or you may send a donation by mail to: ASAS Foundation, PO Box 7410, IL 61826. If you prefer, please contact the ASAS office at 217-356-9050 and we will take your pledge and generate a pledge form for your donation.

We welcome donations of any amount, but hope that you will consider becoming a Club Founder with a minimum individual donation of $500 or a minimum corporate donation of $2,000.  When the Appreciation Club is fully funded a plaque will be presented to Dr. Grandin that will list the names of the Club Founders.  Club Founders will be recognized by name at the annual ASAS meeting.  Please see the list of current Club Founders below.

Biographical Sketch:

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

Dr. 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, Temple received her Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois. Currently, she is a Professor at Colorado State University.

At Colorado State, Dr. Grandin has published in many industry publications, including journal articles, book chapters, and technical papers on animal handling. Her published books include a New York Times best seller. Dr. Grandin has also received multiple prestigious awards nationally and internationally, including the 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. She was also inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2011. Temple 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.

Club Founders:

  • Dave and Carol Anderson
  • Candace Croney
  • Ronnie Green
  • Donald Lay
  • John McGlone
  • Janice Swanson
  • Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton
  • Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe

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Membership is open to individuals, organizations, or firms interested in research and application, instruction, or extension in animal science or associated with the production, processing, marketing, or distribution of livestock and livestock products.

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