Temple Grandin, Colorado State University professor, world-renowned animal scientist and advocate for people with autism, will be inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame on Thursday, 7News reports.
Grandin has been a faculty member at CSU's College of Agricultural Sciences for 22 years. She is a world-renowned animal behaviorist, has developed humane livestock handling systems, and has been a consultant to the livestock industry on animal care standards.
Along with Grandin, the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame will also be inducting nine other women at a gala taking place at the Denver Marriott City Center. Ruby Mayeda, chair of the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame said this about the inductees:
These women exemplify the best qualities of the people who have built and sustained Colorado. They will join the other 122 outstanding women who have shared vision, foresight and the power of accomplishment to become inductees into the Hall of Fame.
With regard to Grandin, Mayeda told KUNC that she has made extraordinary contributions to a field that historically was dominated by men. "She literally had to sneak on to feedlots and other locations where females were banned to complete her research when she was going to school," Mayeda said to KUNC.
Her accomplishments as a scientist, speaker, author and advocate for people with autism earned her a spot on TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" list in 2010. That same year, HBO also released a biographical movie about Grandin's accomplished life and career starring Claire Danes as Temple Grandin.