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TEMPLE GRANDIN: Understanding animal behavior

Mike Wolterbeek
University of Nevada
Animal behavioral expert and autism spokesperson Temple Grandin will visit Reno Tuesday, Feb. 28. Photo provided to the University of Nevada, Reno.

World-renowned animal behavioral expert and autism spokesperson Temple Grandin will be speaking about understanding animal behavior at 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino Reno.

The University of Nevada Reno’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources department and the Autism Coalition of Nevada are pleased to bring Grandin, a prominent author and speaker on animal behavior, to Reno. Grandin was honored as one of “Time” magazine’s most influential people in 2010 and has authored more than 400 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare and facility design. Recently, she has received the Meritorious award from the World Organization for Animal Health and was inducted into The Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Encouraged by her science teacher and mentor as a young student, Grandin pursued her interest in science. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Franklin Pierce College in 1970, her master’s in animal science from Arizona State University in 1975 and a doctorate in animal science from the University of Illinois in 1989.

One of her career goals is to improve animal welfare and productivity. Now a consultant and designer of livestock handling facilities for Grandin Livestock Handling Systems, Inc. based in Fort Collins, Colorado, she is also a professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Today, half the cattle in North America are handled in facilities she designed. Her unique facilities, such as the curved cattle chute, help keep animals calm and prevent them from getting hurt. Other facilities she has designed are located in Europe, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.

Grandin is also widely celebrated as one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to publicly share her insights and personal experience with autism.

Tickets for the event are $25. Visit the Temple Grandin Eventzilla website for tickets or call 850-291-6778 for more information.