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Robert Foster, professor of music and dance, was inducted into the National Band Association Hall of Fame during the Southeast United States Clinic at Troy University on Feb. 4.

Foster is assistant chair of the department of music and dance at KU. He also serves as conductor and director of the award-winning Lawrence City Band and is the former president of the American Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, the Southwest Division of the College Band Directors National Association and the Big 12 Conference Band Directors Associations.

Tsutsui wins book award for 'Godzilla On My Mind'

The Godzilla guy, also known as William Tsutsui, KU associate professor of history, was among those honored Jan. 26 in Kansas City, Mo., with a 2005 William Rockhill Nelson Award for Non-Fiction for the best book by a Kansas or Missouri author published in 2004.

The book was Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters published by Palgrave MacMillan. His book examines the cultural impact the monster megastar has in the United States and Japan. Tsutsui timed its release to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the 1954 release of the first Godzilla movie.

The Japanese translation of Tsutsui's book was published in October 2005 and has received critical acclaim in national Japanese papers.

Lorson named host of 'QUEST' competition

Laura Lorson, host of Kansas Public Radio's "All Things Considered," has been named host of KTWU's high school academic competition, "QUEST."

The appointment brings Lorson full circle. She was an academic quiz bowl competitor herself while attending Olathe South High School and KU. She went on to work as a producer at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., for nine years on "All Things Considered" and "Talk of the Nation," covering stories as diverse as the ATF raid on the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas; the 1994 midterm elections and its "Republican Revolution"; the Oklahoma City bombing; the end of apartheid in South Africa; the Rwandan genocide; and the Good Friday peace accords in Northern Ireland.