Tragically, we have recently learned that SSP Fellow and STEM Fellowship Co-Founder, Mohammad Asadi-Lari, and his sister Zeynab Asadi-Lari, were aboard Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752 that crashed in Iran shortly after takeoff.
Mohammad was awarded an SSP Student Fellowship in 2016, while he was a student in the Cellular, Anatomical and Physiological Sciences (CAPS) program at the University of British Columbia.
In addition to serving on multiple SSP committees during his time as a member, he also became an ORCID and Altmetric Ambassador, giving a number of talks, including a very memorable session at the American Association for the Advancement of Science “Research without Borders” meeting.
Mohammad was a wonderful advocate for youth engagement, leading initiatives in the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Canadian Red Cross, and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, among many others.
Below find Mohammad’s recent TEDxYouth talk, “Empowering Youth to Think Global but Act Local,” as a tribute to this wonderful colleague, who tragically passed away this week, at the age of 23.
On behalf of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, we send our most heartfelt sympathies to Mohammad and Zeynab’s family and friends in the wake of this terrible tragedy.
Managing Director, Publishers, Digital Science
Past President, The Society for Scholarly Publishing