Monthly Archives: September 2009

The Luncheon Society/Dr Temple Grandin on Autism/Fior D’Italia/San Francisco 9.16.09

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Temple GrandinThe world is a different place when seen through the eyes of Dr. Temple Grandin.

What makes Temple Grandin special is that as a high functioning autistic, her neurological condition has enhanced her study of animal behavior; she currently is one of the best in her field globally. As an Associate Professor at Colorado State University, roughly 50% of the beef that shows up on your plate came through improvements that she has made to the process of livestock management. Dr. Grandin is also one of the most compelling advocates for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome because she has made career of overcoming obstacles that have been placed in her path.

Dr Grandin has written several New York Times best-sellers, including, “Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals” (with Catherine Johnson); “Thinking in Pictures, My Life with Autism” (with Oliver Sacks); “Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior” (with Catherine Johnson); and “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s.”

The Luncheon Society has always been a place where scientific conversation have found a home, whether it was Dr. Brian Greene talking about String Theory and Theoretical Physics; or celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the landing of both Rovers on Mars with Mission Principal Investigator Steve Squyres and NASA Project Manager John Callas; or discussing the future of human sight with Nobel Laureate and Neurobiologist Dr. Donald Glaser. Continue reading