An interactive website called “Putting Youth on the Map” has landed UC Davis on a different map, as a top winner in the UC system’s annual Larry L. Sautter Award Program for Innovation in Information Technology.

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Putting Youth on the Map puts statistical data into map format for use in advocacy efforts aimed at improving the lives of young people in California. The project is led by Nancy Erbstein, assistant research professor in the Department of Human Ecology, and a faculty affiliate with UC Davis’ Center for Regional Change, as principal investigator.

UC Davis also earned two honorable mentions in the 2017 Sautter award program, one for a classroom scheduling tool and the other for Drones, a web application for the management and use of unmanned aircraft systems.

The Sautter award program recognizes faculty and staff for IT innovations that allow the university to be more effective and efficient in its operations, and to better fulfill its mission of teaching, research and public service. Tom Andriola, the UC system’s chief information officer, announced the 2017 award recipients Aug. 8 during the UC Computing Services Conference in San Diego.

The UC Information Technology Leadership Council sponsors the awards program, begun in 2001 and named in memory of Larry L. Sautter, who, at the time of his death in 1999, served as UC Riverside’s associate vice chancellor for Computing and Communications. Selection criteria reflect the council’s commitment to promoting IT innovation and collaboration across the system.

All award applications, 2001-17, are posted on the program website to encourage the exchange of innovative ideas and solutions.


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