DENVER – Dr. Temple Grandin, a professor in the Animal Sciences Department at Colorado State Univ. and columnist for Meat&Poultry Magazine, was recently inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in Denver.

Grandin is a world-renowned designer of livestock handling facilities and one of the world's most-functioning autistic people. She operates Grandin Livestock Systems Inc., in Fort Collins, Colo., and is a speaker on the topic of autism. She is widely credited with expanding knowledge of animal behavior and well being. She also is an inspiration to autistics and their families because of her ability to overcome obstacles.

Grandin has received numerous accolades in her career, including the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, an endowed professorship at Oklahoma State Univ., and a place in Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World," to name a few. Also, a critically acclaimed biographic film titled "Temple Grandin" won five Emmy awards in 2010.

Grandin is the author of Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism. Her new book for children ages 9 to 12, is titled Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism & Changed the World. It is scheduled for release by publisher Houghton Mifflin in early April.