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Autism, Animal Welfare Advocate Temple Grandin Gives Free Talk

PHILADELPHIA, April 25, 2012

Celebrated scientist, author and inventor Dr. Temple Grandin will give a free presentation about the different ways people and animals think and sign copies of her new book on Tuesday, May 15, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

A professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child. Using her unusual ability to “think in pictures,” she has led groundbreaking research on how animals process their experiences and surroundings and is an outspoken animal welfare advocate. In her talk entitled, “All Kinds of Minds,” Grandin will discuss how people process information differently and why the world needs all kinds of minds. She’ll also talk about the differences in the way animals think. Visual thinkers, mathematical thinkers, and word thinkers abound in the human population, while animals, lacking verbal language, think in sensory ways.

The event is free and begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the talk at 6:30 p.m. Afterward, Grandin will sign copies of her books, including Animals in Translation, Thinking in Pictures, and Animals Make Us Human. To register, visit Her books will be available for purchase in the Academy Shop.

In 2010, TIME named Grandin one of its 100 most influential “Heroes” for her work as an animal and autism advocate. Grandin’s designs for corrals that reduce stress in cattle being led to slaughter revolutionized the livestock industry and are now used by half of the U.S. cattle industry. Grandin also is a consultant to major food manufacturers on humane slaughter practices and animal behavior. Grandin’s many achievements were chronicled in the 2010 HBO film Temple Grandin.

“All Kinds of Minds” is the Academy’s annual Cheryl Beth Silverman Memorial Lecture and is co-sponsored by the Goodwin College of Professional Studies at Drexel University.

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