Tara Zimmerman is a Computing Institute (CI2020) Postdoctoral Research Fellow funded through the National Science Foundation at the University of Texas at Austin. She is continuing to develop her Social Noise framework in the context of misinformation and COVID-19, as well as working on projects through Good Systems, the UT Grand Challenge Initiative. Her goal is to develop a K-12 scaffolded curriculum to teach children about the dangers of misinformation as well as practical critical thinking skills to identify and address it. This curriculum would be taught by school librarians who have specialized training in information literacy and interact with students across all grade levels.
Tara completed her PhD in Information Science at the University of North Texas where she focused on the qualitative study of social media information behavior. She coined the term Social Noise to describe how observation by other people in the social network influences an individual's observable behavior.
Prior to pursuing her PhD, Tara was a primary and second school librarian for eight years. Outside of work, she enjoys her family, spending time outdoors, collecting great quotes, and reading.