The Animal Science Club will host a viewing of the award winning HBO film Temple Grandin on Wednesday, May 1, at 5:30 p.m. in 006 Kirkbride Hall. The film stars Claire Danes as Temple Grandin, and portrays the early life and career of Grandin, the challenges she faced and her accomplishments as a young woman growing up with autism.
Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University. She teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling and animal welfare. She has designed livestock handling facilities located in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and other countries.
Nearly half of the cattle in North America are handled in a center track restrainer system that Grandin designed for meat plants. Her research interests include cattle temperament, environmental enrichment for pigs, bull fertility, training procedures, and effective stunning methods for cattle and pigs at meat plants.
Grandin has authored several books including: Thinking in Pictures, Livestock Handling and Transport, Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals, and Humane Livestock Handling. Her books Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human were both on the New York Times best-seller list.
The film will be introduced by Carissa Wickens, assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, who recently co-authored a chapter on horse handling and transport for Grandin’s 4th edition of Livestock Handling and Transport. Wickens also had the privilege of serving as a judge alongside Grandin during the Collegiate Animal Welfare Judging Competition held at Michigan State University in the fall of 2011.