UC Teams Receive Annual Sautter Awards for IT Innovation

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Ten teams from across the University of California won the 2020 Larry L. Sautter Award for technology innovations that make university operations more effective and efficient and better serve faculty, staff, students and patients.

Interim Chief Information Officer Mark Cianca announced the winners yesterday (August 11, 2020) at the UC Tech Virtual Webinar hosted by UCLA.

The annual award, which is sponsored by the UC Information Technology Leadership Council, recognizes collaborative innovations in IT that advance the university’s missions of teaching, research, public service and patient care, or that improve the effectiveness of university processes. The award encourages collaboration and solution sharing across the UC system. To be eligible, projects must be active and operational at a campus.

The 2020 award winners and honorable mentions are:

Golden Awards

Return to Learn and Extension of UCSD Epic EHR to Student Health is a program to provide COVID-19 testing at a mass scale to the campus community – enabled by having shared student electronic health records with UCSD Health – with the goal of supporting a safe return to some level of in-person activities in the fall. Watch the Return to Learn video, and the Extension of UCSD Epic to Student Health video.

Starlight – Library Digital Exhibits Platform is an open-source collaboration between UC Santa Barbara and UC San Diego to create a UC specific platform that enables librarians, curators, and others responsible for UC library digital collections to create attractive, image-rich websites that highlight these collections.

University of California Outside Activity Tracking System, or UC OATS, is an interactive, web-based application – created through a systemwide collaboration – that facilitates the reporting and tracking of outside professional activities, enabling faculty to comply with UC’s Conflict of Commitment policies outlined in the Academic Personnel Manual. Watch the UC OATS video.

Silver Awards

Innovation in Video Production with UC San Diego’s Studio U is a self-service multimedia facility that enables the campus community to easily create studio-quality instructional videos efficiently and on their own schedule. Watch the StudioU video.

FamilyLink: A NICU Virtual Viewing Program is a UC Davis Health application that allows authorized family members the opportunity to virtually visit with their hospitalized baby through a secure connection, even when they are not able to physically be at the bedside. Watch the FamilyLink video.

Customer Dashboard for Construction Projects is a user-friendly web interface that reports construction project information to 20,000+ UC San Diego faculty and staff members, providing current updates related to project status, scope, budget, schedule, critical milestones, risks and project participants. Watch the Construction Projects Dashboard video.

Honorable Mention

Accelerating Innovation is an initiative at UC Irvine that provides staff with incentives for experimenting with new ideas and technologies, educating them about innovation and providing a structure for advancing from ideation to a proof of concept that can be evaluated for broader implementation. Watch the Accelerating Innovation video.

Berkeley Online Advising is a highly secure locally built cohort-based undergraduate advising and student success platform at UC Berkeley that provides analytics and complex data visualizations in real time from data sources that include the campus Learning Management System, the Student Information System, and a number of other previously siloed data locations on campus. Watch the BOA demo video.

Employee Daily COVID19 Screener is a digital self-screening tool, accessible via a web browser, that UCSF employees use before their shifts to determine if they are cleared to come to work or required to stay home, with summarized data sent to hospital leadership each morning to inform staffing decisions. Watch the Daily COVID19 Screener video.

Student Progress Assessment is a UC Davis web-based mentoring and advising tool that graduate students complete with their faculty advisors to discuss and assess progress and set clear goals and expectations for the students.

To read the applications, visit the Sautter Award Program website.

Established in 2000, the award is named after Larry L. Sautter, a UC Riverside associate vice chancellor for computing and communications who passed away in 1999. Under his leadership, a modern data network, client server computing, and improved technical support services were developed and implemented at Riverside.

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