Temple Grandin '70, autism expert and livestock welfare pioneer, to be subject of HBO film 

November 4, 2008

Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin and her latest book, which tackles the practical issues of autism and equips parents and teachers of autistic children, and individuals on the autism spectrum, to overcome challenges they face daily and reach their potential.

RINDGE, NH - Franklin Pierce alumna Temple Grandin '70 is the subject of a semi-autobiographical HBO movie that will show how she overcame the limits associated with autism to become one of the world's foremost experts in autism studies and livestock welfare.

Filming began in August on the still untitled film which stars Claire Danes as Dr. Grandin. It is scheduled for release in 2009. The scenes depicting Grandin's college years were shot last summer on the campus of Southwestern University in Texas.

Grandin returned to Franklin Pierce University in October for Alumni and Reunion Weekend, where she received the University's Leader of Conscience Award for her contributions to the field of neuroscience and animal welfare. Watch for a story in the spring issue of Pierce Radius on Grandin, her current projects, and how Franklin Pierce prepared her for a career combining the sciences with concern for society's treatment of animals

Today Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She has designed and consulted on facilities around the world that ease the stress and pain of livestock destined for meat plants.

In 2004, Grandin was honored by People for the Ethical Treatments of Animals (PETA) for her work. She was cited as a "visionary...whose improvements to animal-handling systems found in slaughterhouses have decreased the amount of fear and pain that animals experience in their final hours, and she is widely considered the world's leading expert on the welfare of cattle and pigs."

Filming at Southwestern University
An actress gets prepared for her role during shooting of the Temple Grandin movie. Scenes depicting Grandin's college years were filmed last August at Southwestern University in Texas.

She obtained her B.A. in Psychology 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. 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.

Grandin has appeared on television shows such as 20/20, 48 Hours, CNN, Larry King Live, PrimeTime Live, the Today Show, and many programs in other countries. She has been featured in People
, the New York Times, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Time Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and Discover magazine.

She has also authored over 300 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design. She is the author of "Thinking in Pictures", "Livestock Handling and Transport," and "Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals." Her book "Animals in Translation" was a New York Times best seller.

Learn more about Temple Grandin at her web site.
View a photo gallery of the HBO filming at Southwestern University.