RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC— Jeri Ropero-Miller, Ph.D., senior research forensic scientist at RTI International, has been appointed to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Chemistry/Instrumental Analysis Scientific Area Committee.
The Chemistry/Instrumental Analysis Scientific Area Committee is part of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) administered body that seeks to strengthen forensic science through the identification and development of standards and guidelines.
The committees serve as a critical bridge between NIST's Forensic Science Standards Board and the 23 discipline-specific subcommittees that will lay the groundwork for establishing new forensic science standards and guidelines.
Ropero-Miller is a board-certified forensic toxicologist with fellow, diplomate status in the American Board of Forensic Toxicology. She has 20 years of experience specializing in forensic toxicology and clinical chemistry in research, training, technology transfer, and evaluations in forensic science and criminal justice.
Ropero-Miller supports several RTI initiatives, including the National Institute of Justice Forensic Technology Center of Excellence and several web-based continuing education and forensic training programs that offer low or no-cost training to forensic scientists and ancillary professionals. She has supported other projects, including the data collection for the Bureau of Justice Statistics Census, Medical Examiner and Coroner Offices; the 2007 Survey of Law Enforcement Forensic Evidence Processing for the National Institute of Justice; and the Technology Transfer Strategies of Forensic Science Research and Development to the Practitioner End-User.
Prior to joining RTI, Ropero-Miller served as the deputy chief toxicologist at the State of North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Her work has been published extensively in the areas of clinical and forensic toxicology, including in the book "Forensic Toxicology: Scope, Challenges, Future Directions, and Needs."
She recently completed a three-year term on the board of directors for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and currently serves on the American Board of Forensic Toxicology, for which she is secretary. She is also on the executive committee for the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Toxicology, and a member of several organizations, including the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists, and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors.
Ropero-Miller received her doctorate in forensic toxicology and clinical chemistry from the University of Florida College of Medicine, and her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Wesleyan College.