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Tech Awards Named for UCR Staff Member Announced

The UCR Career Tracks Job Builder Earns an Honorable Mention

The University of California System recognized 10 innovative technology projects on Tuesday, July 12 during the annual UC Computing Services Conference.

The annual awards program honoring achievements in Information Technology efficiency and innovation are named in honor of former UC Riverside Chief Information Officer Larry L. Sautter, who died of cancer in 1999.

“He was known for being a great collaborator and for being able to stretch a dollar,” said Chuck Rowley, UCR’s current associate vice chancellor and chief information officer. “He took the best ideas from throughout the system and applied them here at UC Riverside. Rowley worked with Sautter for 15 years and considered him a mentor.

The awards honor work that advances 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. Over the course of the awards, UC Riverside has earned two Gold awards, 10 Silver awards and eight Honorable Mentions.

The 10 honored projects for 2016 are described by Tom Andriola, the chief information officer for the UC system, on the university’s IT blog:

Honorable Mentions

The Wisdom Café (UC Berkeley) is a website that promotes a social model for staff development, enabling employees to take greater charge of their own learning. The platform offers content curated by learning professionals, as well as tips, tools, best practices, recommendations and ideas contributed by the staff community.

Career Tracks (UC Riverside) is an online Web application for Career Tracks, UC’s systemwide classification structure for nonrepresented staff positions. UC Riverside’s system supports the new Career Tracks job descriptions and provides a Job Builder tool, allowing campus departments to create and manage job descriptions.

Courtyard Study Lounge Scheduling Automation (UC Irvine) is a program that allows students to book study space in the Student Center anytime and anywhere they have access to the Internet.

Low-cost Server Hosting (UC Santa Cruz) is a service designed to bridge the gaps in cloud hosting and virtualization and offer only the best of both worlds. The service is free, offers regular security scans, enables customers to manage their virtual servers, and even provides students a safe and inexpensive place to try out innovative ideas.

GLAAS – Graduate Lecturer Academic Appointment System (UC Merced) brings automation and standardization to assigning and appointing lecturers, teaching assistants, teaching fellows, readers and graduate student researchers. The system offers standardized templates, promotes paperless communication and can be used by all UC Merced schools.

Silver Awards

Inclusive Access (UC Davis) converts books into digital content that students can easily access on the first day of class. This model encourages higher sales volume, which is leveraged to reduce prices. Inclusive Access promotes the use of digital adaptive technology, meaning the digital materials can adapt to a student’s learning style and pace and offer immediate feedback to help increase student engagement and learning.

Secure Compute Research Environment (UC Santa Barbara) is a private, secure virtual environment in which researchers can remotely analyze sensitive data, create research results, and produce their results and analysis. Researchers can access this tool from any Internet-connected device, including most mobile devices.

Gold Awards

UC Libraries Digital Collection Project (UC Office of the President) enables all UC libraries to efficiently and cost-effectively create, manage and make accessible to the public hundreds of thousands of digital assets, ranging from historical records and maps to photographs and films, on a public website called Calisphere. Services include a shared digital asset management system that any campus library may use, a tool to aggregate and index digital content across collections, and an engaging interface that allows the public to discover UC’s archival treasures.

Open Proposals: Crowdsourcing Innovation at an Academic Institution (UCSF) is a platform that encourages innovation by allowing researchers, administrators, students and other academic community members to share and discuss proposals and projects through an open, online forum before submitting them for final review.

UC TrialQuest: Sharing Clinical Trial Data across UC (UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego) is a tool that enables staff to efficiently search for and identify, in real time, open or pending clinical trials across the five UC Health campuses. The search tool has reduced redundant effort for common research administration processes, saving UC significant resources as a result.


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The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment is now nearly 23,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.