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Conflict reporting platform wins innovation award

Author: Imran Ghori
July 24, 2020

The UC Riverside launch of an interactive web-based application to track potential conflicts of commitment has been selected to receive a Larry L. Sautter Golden Award for Innovation in Information Technology for 2020.

“This is a great example of the success that comes out of valuing collective energy, knowledge, and guidance,” says Interim Provost Tom Smith, “I want to extend my congratulations and thanks to the folks in Academic Personnel, ITS, and to the other campus partners on this project for their collaborative work and for representing UCR so well.”

The award, presented through the UC Office of the President, was established in 2000 to recognize innovative deployment of technology in support of the university’s mission. This year’s awards will be presented at the Virtual UC Tech Webinar, hosted by UCLA, on Aug. 11.

The UC Outside Activity Tracking System, or UC OATS, is a web-based platform that allows faculty members to quickly and easily track and report outside professional activities and comply with the UC conflict of commitment policies.

The UCR Academic Personnel Office partnered with UCLA, which helped develop the platform in collaboration with other UC campuses, in bringing UC OATS to the campus.

Katina Napper, assistant vice provost for Academic Personnel, Sara Umali, director of Academic Personnel Data and Tecnology, and Danessa Murdock, technology and data analyst, were among the office’s staff members who contributed to the success of the project. Information Technology Solutions and the subject matter experts in each school or college’s office also contributed.

The Academic Personnel Office is part of the systemwide UCR OATS partnership with team members serving on its governance board and working group.