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Temple Grandin
Designer of livestock handling facilities and Associate Professor of Animal Science

Faculty Sponsors:
Katherine Houpt, Department of Physiology, kah3@cornell.edu
Joe M. Regenstein, Food Science jmr9@cornell.edu
Alan Bell, Food Science, awb6@cornell.edu
Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, Cornell Hillel, er76@cornell.edu

Temple Grandin is a Professor at Colorado State University who has Aspergerís Syndrome. She is also a professional designer of humane livestock facilities. She obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College and her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University. Dr. Grandin received her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989. Based on her own experiences, she advocates early intervention and supporting teachers who can direct fixations of the autistic child to fruitful directions. She has described her own overt sensitivity to noise and other sensory information, as well as the need to visualize everything. She regularly takes anti-depressants and uses a squeeze-box (hugging machine) she has made herself. She became well-known after being described by Oliver Sacks in the title narrative of his book An Anthropologist On Mars. Grandin has lectured about autism around the world and on many television programs. Grandin is considered a philosophical leader of both the animal welfare and autism advocacy movements. Both movements commonly cite her work regarding animal welfare, neurology, and philosophy. Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities. In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants. 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. 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.