September 21, 2016 - Brown University announced that Jill Pipher, ICERM's founding director emeritus, has been named the Vice President for Research beginning July 1, 2017. We send her our heartfelt congratulations! Reporting directly to the provost, the vice president for research is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan for research that enhances overall research capacity, promotes a culture of excellence and productivity, and raises Brown's research profile nationally and internationally.