Tributes paid as leading academic passes away

The University of Latvia confirmed that on Saturday, November 1, the Dean of Social Sciences, Inta Brikše passed away at the age of 58.

The news was reported confirmed by Rector Mārcis Auziņš to national information agency LETA Monday.

Associate Professor Ojārs Skudra told Latvian Public Media that in his memory, “She will remain as a very energetic, capable leader, able to react rapidly to life’s great changes. This is without a doubt a heavy loss to colleagues at the Communications Studies department, as well as the Faculty of Social Sciences.”

Inta Brikše was born in Auce in 1956. She became Docent at the Journalism Department of the University of Latvia’s Faculty of Philology in 1992, chair of the department in 1993, becoming an Associate Professor there in 1999. From 2000 until 2009 she served her first term as Dean of the restructured Faculty of Social Sciences, becoming full professor in 2007.

In 2007 she received a Cross of Distinction for her extraordinary dedication to the cause of an independent and democratic national society and for her outstanding contributions to the nation's social, cultural, scientific and educational work. That same year she also received the University of Latvia’s Student Council’s Dean of the Year award.

She resumed the post of Dean for a second term upon elected appointment in 2011, where she had served until now.

LSM.eng joins the academic and journalism community in mourning her loss.

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