Reflections on Holidays Far From Home, 1944 and 2020.

For the first time in my 29 years, I won’t spend Christmas in the snow-capped mountains of Idaho, and my parents didn’t make their customary trip to Nashville for Thanksgiving.

It has been 300 days since I’ve seen my mom and dad. I’ve never gone longer. But there’s no safe…


New Glimpses into the Daily Lives of American Airmen in England During WWII

In the wake of Pearl Harbor, the United States began growing and mobilizing the nascent Army Air Force for war.

In mid-1942, the 8th Air Force’s “friendly invasion” of England began. By D-Day two years later, over 200,000 men of the 8th Air Force called England home base.

From 200


Wartime Life in England in Pursuit of Victory

May 8, 2020 marks 75 years since war in Europe ended in World War II. On the same date in 1945, V-E day celebrations were raucous after six years of prolonged war.

Commemorating the end of the war in Europe means remembering the men who fought it and the reality…


Shot down in Nazi Germany & taken prisoner in the war’s final act, he lost his crew, but not his humanity. Silently, he lived with the memory of war until a phone call revealed video footage of his crew’s B-24 crash.

August 15, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of WWII’s end — V-J Day.

Bob Vance is 96-years-old. He has called Ontario, California home since 1946 and has attended the same Methodist church for 75 years. …


75 Years After V-E Day, Leveraging Big Data, Analytics, & Data Visualization to Illuminate the Past

On May 8th, 1945, World War II ended in Europe after five protracted years of battle.

In the 75 years since, little has gone unsaid of WWII. The war’s broad strokes have been hashed and rehashed.

Yet, at the intersection of data science and history is the potential to unearth…


What it Takes to be Productive & Mentally Healthy while Working from Home

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The debate over remote work has been smoldering for decades. Coronavirus, and the necessity of flattening the curve, has led to its explosion.

21st-century technology tools have long made it possible for jobs to be location-agnostic, but workers have remained tethered to their cubicles — until now.

As it has…


Using Big Data to Uncover the 75-Year-Old History of a B-24 Crew’s Heroic Service Taken to the Grave

Before I dig deeply into how I pieced together the story of my grandfather’s fight against the Third Reich in the skies of Europe and the research I’m chasing during sabbatical, I…

Mara Truslow

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