RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Jeri Ropero-Miller, PhD, senior director at RTI International’s Center for Forensic Sciences, has been selected to serve as the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) representative to the Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) for the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science until 2023.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has primary responsibility to coordinate and facilitate the development of forensic science standards in the United States. OSAC was created in 2014 to strengthen the nation’s use of forensic science by promoting ethical sound standards. More than 500 members work in forensic laboratories and other institutions and have expertise in 22 disciplines to evaluate forensic science standards via transparent, consensus-based processes.
“It’s an honor to represent the American Academy of Forensic Science and to be back at OSAC to continue moving the needle towards a more ethical and transparent use of forensics in the legal system,” said Dr. Ropero-Miller.
Dr. Ropero-Miller has ample experience working with OSAC as she formerly served as the Executive Secretary for the Scientific Area Committee of Chemistry/ Instrumental Analysis and as a member of the OSAC Toxicology Subcommittee.
A Board-certified Forensic Toxicologist with Diplomate status on the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (F-ABFT), Dr. Ropero-Miller’s expertise includes working with large surveys, forensic laboratory operations and capacity enhancements, assessment of criminal justice policy and practice, implementation of forensic databases, analytical technology evaluations, technology transitioning, program evaluation, and forensic certifications. Her work has been published extensively in the areas of clinical and forensic toxicology, including items for Forensic Science International, Journal of Forensic Sciences, Journal of Analytical Toxicology, and a chapter in the 2012 AAFS book “Forensic science: Current issues, future directions.”