Obituary: William F. Touponce

Academic William F. Touponce (b.1948) died on June 15. Touponce has taught English and American Studies at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) since 1985 and in 2007 co-founded the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at the university. He served as the center’s first director for four years and established The New Ray Bradbury Review, an annual scholarly journal.

New Elements Named

Despite a public drive to name element 117 “Octarine” in honor of Terry Pratchett, the element will be named Tennessine, in honor of the state of Tennessee. Element 113 will be called Nihonium, in honor of Japan, 115 will be named Moscovium, for Moscow, and 118 will be Oganesson, for Yuri Oganessian, a Russian nuclear physicist whose team discovered many of the heaviest elements.
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Petition to Name New Element

A petition on Change.org has been created asking IUPUI, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to name element 117, currently called Ununseptium “Octarine” in honor of the late Sir Terry Pratchett.

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Reunite Bradbury

Phil Nichols is trying to raise the funds, or find a donor willing to purchase Ray Bradbury’s Retro-Hugo for Fahrenheit 451 with Bradbury’s papers at the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at IUPUI in Indianapolis. The Hugo Award is currently on the auction block with a starting price of $5,000. Nichols hopes a wealthy philanthropist would be willing to buy the Hugo and donate it to the Center. The auction ends on September 25.

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