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ONE IN A BILLION
by Jason Kosovski
TEMPLE GRANDIN has received many awards and honors throughout her career, and in the spring of 2016, one of her most significant accolades was announced.
Grandin’s worldwide reputation as a leader in the field of humane animal handling and autism advocacy propelled her into one of the nation’s most distinguished groups — the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The Colorado State University professor of animal sciences was elected to the academy among 213 new members announced April 20 in Cambridge, Mass.
“Temple Grandin is a one-in-a-billion mind, and to include her as a person with autism in this group of esteemed scholars is an honor to her and to human potential,” said CSU President Tony Frank. “We’re proud to include her unique and insightful mind among our faculty ranks.”
Grandin is an internationally recognized leader in animal handling innovations, and her expertise has been utilized by major corporations as well as the USDA, where she has trained auditors in animal care at livestock processing plants.
A LEADER IN ANIMAL WELFARE
Her approach to animal welfare is informed by Grandin’s own experiences with autism and through her perspective as a “visual thinker.” She is a tireless advocate for autism awareness, a role model for individuals across the autism spectrum, and an inspiration for families who have loved ones diagnosed with autism. Despite labels that were put on her at an early age, Grandin has accomplished much throughout her career, including earning her doctoral degree, authoring a New York Times bestseller, Animals in Translation, and having the story of her life depicted in HBO’s Temple Grandin, a film for which she was a consultant.
“I am both honored and humbled to be included in such a distinguished group,” Grandin said. “As I looked down the list of members both past and present, I was awed by the impact of their work and hope that my contributions will have as much influence as theirs.”
In addition to delivering a multitude of public talks and presentations, Grandin has also appeared in popular media outlets such as 20/20, 48 Hours, Larry King Live, 60 Minutes, The New York Times, Forbes, and U.S. News and World Report. In 2010, Time named her one of the “100 Most Influential People,” and her namesake film debuted that same year. She also delivered a TED Talk in 2010 on “The World Needs all Kinds of Minds.”