Temple Grandin is Heuermann Lecturer Jan. 15

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Jan. 11, 2013

            LINCOLN, Neb. — "Improving Animal Welfare and Communication with the Public" is the topic when Temple Grandin, animal sciences professor at Colorado State University and a world leader in understanding animal behavior and designing livestock handling facilities, is the Heuermann Lecturer Jan. 15.

            Her 7 p.m. lecture in the Hardin Hall auditorium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus, 33rd and Holdrege, is free.  A short reception follows the lecture.

            Grandin has had a major impact on the meat and livestock industries worldwide through her research, development and outreach on use of low-stress, behavior-based livestock handling techniques and design of animal handling facilities. 

            Half the cattle in the U.S. and Canada are handled in equipment she has designed for meat plants.  Her other professional activities include developing animal welfare guidelines for the meat industry, and consulting with McDonalds, Wendy's International, Burger King and other companies on animal welfare. 

She is the author of numerous articles and 10 books, including "Livestock Handling and Transport" and "Thinking in Pictures."

            Born autistic, Grandin is a past member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America and the recipient of numerous awards.  In 2010 she was in Time magazine's listing of "The 100 Most Influential People in the World."

            Heuermann Lectures in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UNL are made possible by a gift from B. Keith and Norma Heuermann of Phillips, long-time university supporters with a strong commitment to Nebraska's production agriculture, natural resources, rural areas and people. 

            The lectures are archived at http://heuermannlectures.unl.edu shortly after the lecture, and broadcast on NET2 World at a date following the lecture.

Judy Nelson
communications specialist

Dan Moser
IANR News Service

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