April 22, 2010
Colorado State University professor Temple Grandin has been included on Time magazine's list of the most influential people of 2010. The magazine will unveil the 100 most influential people next week.
The magazine regularly publishes its Time 100 issue based on a reader poll. Thus far, Grandin has amassed more than 13,000 votes. Though official voting for inclusion on the Time 100 list has now closed, readers can continue to vote for their favorites until the list is revealed on Thursday, April 29.
A professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University and president of Grandin Livestock Handling Systems Inc., Grandin's exposure and popularity spiked this year with the February release of the HBO biopic, "Temple Grandin."
As a child, Grandin was diagnosed with autism, and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. But Grandin, who once described her condition as making her "like an animal with no instincts to guide me," used that perspective to become one of the world's most respected advocates for the humane treatment of livestock.
Grandin also earned her doctorate and became an author, writing books about animals – “Animals in Translation” and “Animals Make Us Human” and about autism – “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Aspergers.”
This is the second major honor from Time magazine in the past year. In 2009, Time honored Envirofit International founders, Tim Bauer and Nathan Lorenz, Colorado State University College of Engineering alumni, as "Heroes of the Environment" for their role in developing what Time calls "stoves that save lives."
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