Entries for UC's IT innovation prize due May 23

Applications have opened for the 2008 University of California Larry L. Sautter Award for Innovation in Information Technology, a yearly program to highlight best practices in IT across the entire university.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. May 23. Other details are available in the program announcement.

The Sautter Award Program plans to present three Golden Awards for Innovation in Information Technology, two Silver Awards for Achievement in University Computing, and five honorable mentions. The program honors projects developed by faculty and staff in any department at any of the 10 UC campuses, the UC Office of the President, and the three UC-managed national laboratories.

One of last year's golden awards went to UC Davis for the School of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Information Portal & Educational Resources (VIPER) project. UC Berkeley won the other top award last year. Three silver awards were presented, two to UC Riverside and one to UC Irvine.

UC Davis previously won a golden award in 2005 for its Vulnerability Scanning and Remediation System.

This year's awards will be announced at the UC Computing Services Conference July 20-22 in Santa Barbara. Winners of gold and silver awards will discuss their entries.

As UC Riverside's associate vice chancellor for computing and communications, Sautter led the Riverside campus in technological innovation. He died in 1999, and the UC Information Technology Leadership Council started the award in his memory to encourage and recognize innovators in the deployment of information technology for conducting the university's busi ness.