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Laura works as a multimedia, web application developer, and educator in the fields of multimedia, programming, and design. Her first experience in computer science was at an IBM training school in 1983, where she learned how to punch cards, dissect mainframes, and program in COBOL. In the intervening years , Laura earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) and has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator (for print and multimedia), technical writer, and multimedia developer. Currently, she lives with her dog, parakeets, and hundreds of computer toys in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition to her development and consulting work, Laura teaches a range of courses in multimedia and graphic design at the University of New Mexico. You can visit her online at http://www.rocketlaura.com.