I blame global warming. Ok, perhaps not. But I have not been writing as much here lately. The new job has kept me hopping. In addition to the usual teaching, research and service, I have been named Research Mentor. Don't know what that is? Neither do I. I never heard of such a thing, but it is a Carleton thing, I guess. The idea is to have a person in each unit help with grant-writing and such.
In my case, I am going to use the title and all the power (none) that comes with it to try to fund-raise to help NPSIA gain more attention and connectivity especially with the folks in and near government who work in the Foreign Policy/International Security/International Development business. In addition to grants and other begging, I am to help facilitate the intellectual community via speaker series and such. The third part is to help NPSIA develop a better web presence through blogging (yes, yet another Steve blog) and twitter and such.
As a warmup, I have been working on a new website for myself. It is very much in progress (it needs a heap of work), but here it is: www.stevesaideman.com. Check it out and give me feedback as I desperately need it.
And I will try to get back to blogging once all of my orientation meetings are past tense.