Autism and animal behavior expert to deliver lecture at Iowa State

AMES, Iowa – A leading author on the topics of autism and animal behavior will deliver a lecture at Iowa State University on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Dr. Temple Grandin is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She also has a successful career consulting on both livestock handling equipment design and animal welfare. Grandin’s lecture, titled “Let’s Talk About Pets,” will take place on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Grandin has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio) and a BBC Special called “The Woman Who Thinks like a Cow.” She has also appeared on national television shows such as “Larry King Live,” “20/20,” “60 Minutes,” “Fox and Friends,” and she delivered a TED talk in 2010. She’s been covered in publications such as Time Magazine, The New York Times, Discover Magazine, Forbes and USA Today. HBO made an Emmy Award-winning movie about her life, and she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016.

Grandin did not talk until she was 3-and-a-half years old.  She was fortunate to get early speech therapy. Her teachers also taught her how to wait and take turns when playing board games. She was mainstreamed into a normal kindergarten at age 5. Dr. Oliver Sacks wrote in the forward of “Thinking in Pictures” that her first book, “Emergence: Labeled Autistic,” was “unprecedented because there had never before been an inside narrative of autism.”  Sacks profiled Grandin in his best-selling book “Anthropologist on Mars.”

This event will be recorded and available for two weeks on the Lectures website at

Subject to approval by the Iowa Board of Regents, Iowa State University will present Grandin with an honorary degree at this semester’s commencement ceremony on May 13.