Dr. Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University, noted animal handling, behavior, and welfare specialist, and an inspiration and champion for those who are autistic, visited the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, from October 19-22, 2015. During her visit, she lectured in several classes, visited with faculty and students, and gave a lecture entitled, “It Takes All Minds,” to an overflowing audience. Her visit was sponsored by the E.M “Manny” Rosenthal Chair in Animal Science.
Dr. Grandin lectured in two sections (Shawn Ramsey and Leslie Frenzel) of ANSC 107, General Animal Science entitled, “Maintaining High Welfare Standards.” For ANSC 437, Marketing and Grading of Livestock and Meat, Dr. Grandin gave a lecture entitled, “Low Stress Animal Handling.” For ANSC 447, Advanced Meat Science and Technology, Dr. Grandin discussed “Humane Stunning of Livestock.”
Dr. Grandin also gave some informal lectures and conducted some question and answer sessions in ANSC 317, Meat Selection, Evaluation, and Grading, ANSC 402, Explore Animal Industries, and 489, Special Topics in Current Issues in Animal Agriculture. She also gave the Department of Animal Science Seminar, which was entitled, “Animal Welfare and Society Concerns,” and was held at the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ’56 Equine Complex.
One of the special features after each lecture was the number of students who would line up to introduce themselves to Dr. Grandin and ask for a photo or autograph. She always took the time to visit with students and pose for each photo requested.
Visits with students
There were several opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to have breakfast, lunch or dinner with Dr. Grandin during her stay. All of the students were thrilled to get the chance to meet with her during these times, and each one stated how special this chance to spend so much quality time with her was to them.
“It Takes All Minds”
The major event during Dr. Grandin’s visit was her “It Takes All Minds” presentation. Her talk focused on how we each have unique minds that allow us to perform different tasks and how when we come together as groups, we can work most efficiently. Dr. Grandin has given a version of this talk to general audiences, major corporations, and as a TED Talk, which has had over 3 million views to date.
Dr. Grandin returned to Colorado after her trip here, but soon she will be back on the road lecturing and visiting people in the livestock industry and autism community. We have tentatively set the week of October 23, 2017 as the next time that Dr. Grandin will visit Texas A&M University.