Professor Temple Grandin is the most accomplished, well-known adult with autism in the world and an animal science expert from Colorado State University.
Professor Temple Grandin is the most accomplished, well-known adult with autism in the world and an animal science expert from Colorado State University.

Temple Grandin

Presented by the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

Different Kinds of Minds Contribute to Society

Through ground-breaking research and the lens of her own autism, Professor Grandin provides insight and understanding about different types of thinkers, their skills and how they can complement each other.

Grandin will draw from her experience working on construction projects in the cattle industry to make the case that the world needs as many visual thinkers who excel at the arts as it does pattern thinkers who excel at mathematics.

On January 17, Grandin’s rational and irrational way of processing the world will help you see the benefits of how different kinds of minds benefit society as a whole.

Kelowna Community Theatre live event

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Community Theatre -- 1375 Water St.

Okanagan campus simulcast

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Richard S. Hallisay Atrium, Engineering Management and Education building -- 1137 Alumni Ave, Kelowna, BC, V1V 1V7

Book sales and signing

The UBC Bookstore is pleased to provide the following books for sale at the Kelowna Community Theatre event:

The following payments will be accepted: Visa, Master Card, Amex, debit and cash.

About Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Facilities she has designed are located in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants. Curved chute and race systems she has designed for cattle are used worldwide and her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many people to reduce stress on their animals during handling.

She has also developed an objective scoring system for assessing handling of cattle and pigs at meat plants. This scoring system is being used by many large corporations to improve animal welfare. Other areas of research are: cattle temperament, environmental enrichment for pigs, reducing dark cutters and bruises, bull fertility, training procedures, and effective stunning methods for cattle and pigs at meat plants.

Grandin obtained her BA at Franklin Pierce College and her MSc in Animal Science at Arizona State University. She received her PhD in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989. Today she 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 appeared on television shows such as 20/20, 48 Hours, CNN Larry King Live, PrimeTime Live, The Today Show and many shows in other countries. She has been featured in People Magazine, The New York Times, Forbes, US News and World Report, Time Magazine, The New York Times Book Review and Discover magazine.

She has also authored over 300 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design. She is the author of Thinking in Pictures, Livestock Handling and Transport and Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals. Her book Animals in Translation was a New York Times best seller

Last reviewed shim9/11/2017 1:07:05 PM

inspired. informed. insightful.


Suann Brown
Community Engagement Strategist

Tel: 250-807-9950