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LITTLE ROCK, (Ark,)- Temple Grandin, Ph.D., diagnosed with autism at the age of 2, overcame social disdain and uncooperative educators to become one of the nation's leading experts in the treatment of livestock as well as an outspoken activist in the field of autism.

Grandin's story, a source of inspiration worldwide for those with autism and their family members, will be the focus of her presentation at a luncheon Aug. 13 at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion.

Tickets for the luncheon are $40 and can be purchased by contacting Renie Rule, (501) 526-4232 or RPRule@uams.edu.

Named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2010, she received a master's degree in animal science from Arizona State University in 1975, and a doctoral degree in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989. The HBO film about her life and early career, "Temple Grandin," earned five Emmys in 2010.

The event is sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' Psychiatric Research Institute and the UAMS College of Medicine's Division of Genetics, and hosted by honorary co-chairs Clarke Delp, Victor Jacuzzi, Dorothy Morris, and Carrie and Miles Eggart.

The luncheon will include a panel discussion featuring Molly Gathright, M.D., of the Psychiatric Research Institute and G. Bradley Schaefer, M.D., director of the Division of Genetics.

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