Measuring and Reporting Leadership and Core Competency Domains

This interim report summarizes the results of an independent assessment of Department of Defense (DoD) personnel systems and databases, focused on the identification and differentiation of what personnel data exist, where, and at what organizational level, as well as what is done with those data.

The Bavarian Legend of Krampus

Colleen Brown
In December, naughty children in Central Europe — Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic — face more severe consequences than coal in their stockings. That’s because St. Nicholas (Santa Klaus in the United States) brings along a far less jolly companion when visiting their homes.

Learning the Art of Gelato Making

Colleen Brown
Many people study abroad in Italy, but only a select few attend Carpigiani Gelato University for the opportunity to become a Master Gelatiere. Located in Anzola dell'Emilia near Bologna, the school offers a four-week intensive course to become a gelato master.

Turkey’s Long-Standing Hammam Culture

Colleen Brown

During the Ottoman Empire, public Turkish hammams, commonly referred to as Turkish bathhouses, were built in droves. Despite Islam and Ottoman culture’s reverence for cleanliness, most people did not have bathing facilities in their homes. The public bathhouses gave individuals a chance to clean themselves and socialize within the community.

Some of the World’s Most Unique Sports

Colleen Brown
Some popular sports in the United States like baseball and basketball have a large contingent of fans in other countries. Many of those nations also have their own unique sports, some of which have interesting origins.