Laura Taalman
Full Professor

James Madison University
Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Voice: (540) 568-3355
Fax: (540) 568-6857
Mail: Roop 123, MSC 1911, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807
Twitter/Facebook: mathgrrl

I am currently on leave and living in Brooklyn. Here's what I've been up to:
Sept 2014 - Feb 2015: Mathematician-in-Residence at The National Museum of Mathematics
Mar 2015 - October 2015: Senior Product Manager, Education at MakerBot/Thingiverse
October 2015 - present: Content Strategist at the Digital Harbor Foundation
January 2016 - present: Strategic Research Consultant for Education, North America at Ultimaker

Quick Links

Hacktastic, the new 3D-printing, design, math, and failure blog
Comment form for hardcover first edition Taalman/Kohn calculus textbooks
JMU 3-SPACE, the first 3D-printing general education college classroom
JMU MakerLab: three 3D printers, three faculty, and more than ten students printing objects in Math/Stat
MakerHome, one 3D print a day for a year (thankfully now over, but check out the archive)
Brainfreeze Puzzles, for when you are procrastinating
Do you or your kids like MINECRAFT? contact me if you want to join our family-friendly server

Previous Courses

GSCI 104: Introduction to 3D Printing - Fall 2013, Spring 2014
MATH 103: The Nature of Mathematics - Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007
MATH 107: Fundamentmals of Mathematics I - Fall 2009
MATH 167: Fabrication of 2D and 3D Mathematical Objects - Spring 2013
MATH 199: Algebra/Precalculus Gateway - Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014
MATH 231: Calculus with Functions I - Fall 2001, Fall 2002, Spring 2003, Fall 2003, Fall 2004, Fall 2005, Fall 2008, Spring 2011, Fall 2013
MATH 232: Calculus with Functions II - Spring 2002, Fall 2002, Spring 2003, Spring 2004, Spring 2009, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2014
MATH 235: Calculus I - Fall 2000, Fall 2010, Fall 2012, Spring 2013
MATH 236: Calculus II - Spring 2001, Summer 2002, Spring 2011
MATH 245: Introdution to Proof and Discrete Mathematics - Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Fall 2009, Fall 2012
MATH 297: Knot Theory Research and 3D Printing Spring 2014
MATH 353: Graph Theory - Fall 2008, Spring 2013
MATH 430: Abstract Algebra I - Spring 2004, Fall 2004, Spring 2005
MATH 434: Advanced Linear Algebra - Fall 2007, Spring 2012
MATH 435: Topology - Fall 2006

Mentored Research Projects

JMU NSF REU Program, Knot Theory - Summer 2003, Summer 2004, Summer 2007, Summer 2013
JMU NSF REU Program, Mancala/Tchoukaillon - Summer 2011
JMU Internal Summer Student Program, 3D Printing - Summer 2013
JMU Internal Summer Student Program, Knot Theory - Summer 2012
JMU M^3 NREUP Program (Consultant), Mancala/Tchoukaillon - Summer 2010
JMU Math/Stat STAR Student Program, 3D Printing - Fall 2013, Spring 2014
MATH 497: Independent Research, Knot Theory - Fall 2012, Spring 2013
MATH 499: Honors Thesis, Sudoku and Multiple Gerechte Designs - Spring 2006-7
MATH 499: Honors Thesis, Determinants of Spiral Knots - Spring 2014-15

Workshops Given

Faculty Sandbox, Center for Instructional Technology: Introduction to 3D Printing, Spring 2014
Introduction to 3D Printing, MoMath Cross Product Workshop, Fall 2014
High Resolution Resin 3D Printing, MoMath Cross Product Workshop, Fall 2014
3D-Printed Trigonometric Bracelets, MoMath Cross Product Workshop, Fall 2014

List of Publications

Calculus Books
Calculus (with Kohn), W.H. Freeman, First Edition 2013.
Calculus I with Integrated Precalculus, W.H. Freeman, First Edition 2013.
Integrated Calculus, First Edition Houghton Mifflin 2004, reprint W.H. Freeman 2009.

Mathematics Trade/Popular Books
Taking Sudoku Seriously (with Rosenhouse), Oxford University Press 2012 (Chinese and Japanese translations 2014).

Sudoku Puzzle Books
• Coming soon: The long-awaited Color Sudoku 2 (with Riley), to appear late 2015!
Fifty Squares of Grey (with Riley), Puzzle Wright Press, 2014.
Double Trouble Sudoku (with Riley), Puzzle Wright Press 2014.
Beyond Sudoku (with Riley), Puzzle Wright Press 2012.
No-Frills Sudoku (with Riley), Puzzle Wright Press 2011.
Naked Sudoku (with Riley), Puzzle Wright Press 2009.
Color Sudoku (with Riley), Sterling Publishing 2007.

Algebraic Geometry Papers
• "An exact sequence of weighted Nash complexes," Illinois Journal of Mathematics, Volume 52, Number 2, Summer 2008.
• "Complete resolutions, Hsiang-Pati coordinates, and the Nash sheaf," Manuscripta Mathematica 106, no. 2, 249-270, 2001.

Knot Theory Papers
• "Sequences of spiral knot determinants" (with students Kim and Stees), Journal of Integer Sequences, Vol. 19, Issue #1, 2016.
• "Spiral knots" (with Van Wyk and students Brothers, Evans, Witczak, and Yarnall), Missouri Journal of Mathematical Sciences, Vol. 22, Issue #1, 2010.
• "p-Coloring classes of torus knots" (with students Breiland and Oesper), Missouri Journal of Mathematical Sciences, Vol. 21, Issue #2, 2009.
• "Counting m-coloring classes of knots and links" (with students Brownell and O'Neil), Pi Mu Epsilon Journal, Volume 12, Number 5, Fall 2006.

Sudoku Papers
• "Nest graphs and minimal complete symmetry groups for magic Sudoku variants" (with Arnold, Field, Lorch, and Lucas), Rocky Mountain J. Math, Vol. 45, no.3, 2015
• "Minimal complete Shidoku symmetry groups" (with Arnold, Field, and Lucas), Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing, Vol. 87, Nov. 2013.
• "Gröbner basis representations of Sudoku" (with Arnold and Lucas), College Math Journal, Vol. 41, No. 2, March 2010.

Poker Papers
• "Heartless Poker" (with Lanphier), MOVES Research in Recreational Math, Princeton University Press, 2015.

Mancala/Tchoukaillon Papers
• "Mancala Matrices" (with Tongen and students Warren, Wyrick-Flax, and Yoon), College Math Journal, Vol. 44, No. 4, September 2013.
• "Solitaire Mancala games and the Chinese Remainder Theorem" (with Jones and Tongen), American Mathematical Monthly, Vol.120, No. 8, 2013.

General Interest Articles and Media
• "The ABCs of 3D", Science Friday with Ira Flatow, public radio July 2014.
• "The Mathematics behind xkcd: A conversation with Randall Munroe", Math Horizons, September 2012.
•  Podcast on Wild About Math with Sol Lederman, about Sudoku and mathematics, with Jason Rosenhouse, February 2012.
•  Interview on The Spark about mathematics and why anyone would do such a thing, WMRA radio, February 2012.
• "Taking Sudoku Seriously," Math Horizons, September 2007.
• "Puzzling Over Sudoku," Madison Magazine, September 2007.
•  Interview on With Good Reason about Sudoku and mathematics, Virginia Public Radio, May 2006.
Simplicity is not simple: Tesselations and modular architecture" (with Hunsicker), Math Horizons, September 2002.


Relatively up-to-date vita (last updated early 2016)
3D-printing vita (last updated early 2016)

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