Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity – CSU President’s Community Lecture Series presents Temple Grandin April 13

Renowned CSU Professor of Animal Sciences and autism advocate Temple Grandin will discuss “Helping Different Kinds of Minds Solve Problems” for the CSU President’s Lecture Series. Since April is National Autism Awareness month, the university is honored to have such an outstanding spokesperson.


The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 13 in the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom. Her lecture will be followed by a Q&A session with President Frank from 7-7:30 p.m.


At the President’s Community Lecture Series, Grandin will discuss how people approach problem-solving differently, based on professional training, abilities, and personal experiences. Grandin will look to break down barriers that have developed over time between: traditional business and technological innovators; between artists and quantitative researchers; and between people who engage in jobs requiring physical labor and academics housed in universities and institutions of higher learning. For Grandin, these groups do not need to be in conflict, and a successful society is one in which differing skills are optimally utilized.

A professor at Colorado State for over 20 years, Grandin has made enormous contributions to the livestock industry. Her insights into animal behavior shaped innovative approaches to livestock handling, including methods and designs for humane slaughter that have become the industry standard.

The Community Lecture is just one way people will be able to hear from Grandin on April 13. On the heels of a wildly-successful Reddit “Ask Me Anything” in November 2014, Grandin will host her first Google+ Hangout – #AskTemple: A Live Google Hangout with CSU’s Dr. Temple Grandin from 9-10 a.m.

Grandin’s Google+ Hangout will be facilitated through Google’s social media platform. The online discussions are presented by CSU and are open to anyone interested; Internet service is needed. Google+ Hangouts function much like a webinar, allowing participants to view and hear presentations from their personal computers and other devices. Users will be able to submit questions ahead of time to Grandin via Facebook, Twitter or here and she will respond to them live during her session.

Grandin’s Reddit session was enormously popular, and the site continues to see engagement and discussion, even after the November event. In fact, Grandin’s “Ask Me Anything” has proven to be the most popular and highest rated “Ask Me Anything” in Reddit’s “Science” section, receiving nearly 4200 votes and spawning over 1300 comments. The Temple Grandin AMA is a finalist for a Webby Award – honoring the best of the Internet.


If you are interested in covering the lecture, please RSVP to Jennifer Dimas at (970) 491-1543 or by noon on Monday, April 13.