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Science and Technology Week Keynote Lecture: Temple Grandin

Wednesday, April 10th 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free and Open to the Public

Event Description

Wednesday, April 10

Keynote Lecture: Temple Grandin

“The World Needs All Kinds of Minds”

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is considered the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world.  She is author of Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism, among others. Her books Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human were both New York Times bestsellers. Her book, Emergence: Labeled Autistic, stunned the world because, until its publication, most professionals and parents assumed that an autism diagnosis was virtually a death sentence to achievement or productivity in life.  Her life story was made into an HBO feature film starring Claire Danes. The movie received seven Emmy awards, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award.

Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants. Curved chute and race systems she has designed for cattle are used worldwide and her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many people to reduce stress on their animals during handling. She has authored over 400 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design.

Dr. Grandin is sought after globally to speak about her experiences with autism, cattle handling and the humane treatment of animals.  Her TED talk “The world needs all kinds of minds,” has been viewed by over 4.8 million people.

She has been featured internationally in the media including National Public Radio, major television programs such as the BBC special “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow,” ABC’s Primetime Live, The Today Show, CNN Larry King Live, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours and 20/20, and has been featured in Time, PeopleForbesU.S. News and World Report, and The New York Times, among others. In 2010, Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people.

Dr. Grandin obtained her B.A. 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. She is a past member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America.

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • 7pm
  • Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center
  • Free and open to the public
  • A book signing will immediately follow the lecture

Check CAST.IllinoisState.edu for more information about each event. Contact Chinny Francis at cefran1@ilstu.edu with any questions or requests for accommodations.


The College of Applied Science and Technology cordially invites you to join us for additional events during this special week highlighting research, discoveries and opportunities within the disciples of our college.

 Thursday, April 11

College of Applied Science and Technology’s Academy of Achievement

Celebrate CAST alumni during their induction to the Academy of Achievement. The Academy brings together alumni who are “thought leaders” in their fields and who serve as an inspiration to others with similar career paths.

  • Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Hancock Stadium Club Room
  • Schedule:
    • 8:30am, coffee hour (free and open to the public)
    • 9:30am, induction ceremony (free and open to the public)
    • 10:30am, brunch (invitation only)

 Friday, April 12

Women in Leadership Conference

Did you know that 7 out of 8 CAST departments graduate female students into male-dominated fields? Join us in conversations about career success with successful CAST alumni. Keynote speaker is Dr. Jan Murphy, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

  • Friday, April 12, 2019
  • 8:30am check-in, 9am event start
  • Hancock Stadium Club Room
  • $15/student; $30/professional
  • Register by Friday, March 29 at CAST.IllinoisState.edu

Check CAST.IllinoisState.edu for more information about each event. Contact Chinny Francis at cefran1@ilstu.edu with any questions or requests for accommodations.

Wednesday, April 24

Neon at Night 5k Fun Run**note this is no longer during STW!!

Enjoy a 5K run through Illinois State’s campus at night. This event is co-sponsored by CAST and Campus Recreation.

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • 8pm
  • Race will start and end at the Student Fitness Center
  • Register at IllinoisState.edu/neonrun
    • $15 for ISU Students, $20 for ISU Faculty/Staff and Community. Beginning April 2, the entry fee will increase to $20 for ISU Students, $25 for ISU Faculty/Staff and Community.
If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


College of Applied Science and Technology
(309) 438-7602


Bone Student Center
200 N. University Street
Normal, IL
Brown Ballroom
(309) 438-4636