Larry Olsen has been named director of research at City Labs, a maker of batteries for microelectronics in Homestead. Olsen, a seminal pioneer of betavoltaic technology, has been working with City Labs as a consultant since 2009. He led the team that developed the first betavoltaic nuclear batteries for cardiac pacemakers at Douglas Laboratories in the 1960s. Before joining City Labs, he was a research scientist with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he developed programs in photovoltaics, thermoelectric energy conversion and radiation detectors.
Miami-based Coastal Construction Group has named Erin Murphy vice president of Coastal Environmental Services, the newly formed affiliate specializing in disaster relief and clean-up efforts.
In his new role, Murphy will oversee the launch, development, and operations of Coastal Environmental Services, from management of its fleet of vessels and equipment to supervising specific relief efforts. He will also seek to expand the company’s business development opportunities in the U.S. and Caribbean.
Prior to joining Coastal, Murphy, a Certified Public Accountant, was an external audit senior for Deloitte & Touche, in Miami, specializing in audit and enterprise risk services for public and private companies including Lennar, Lennar Financial Services, Baptist Healthcare and the Miami Dolphins.
Certified financial planner Rick Tonkinson, of Rick Tonkinson & Associates, in Coral Gables, has been appointed to the board of The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation which plays a major role in supporting the institute's research programs
Dyadic Inernational, an early-stage biotechnology company, has elected Michael J. Faby as vice president of finance. Faby previously served as chief financial officer of Perry Slingsby Systems.
Orlando-based E Sciences' senior scientist Gisele Colbert will lead the environmental, ecological and engineering consulting firm's new office opening at 815 NW 57th Ave. in Miami. She previously served with the company's Fort Lauderdale office, before its expansion into Miami-Dade County.
Wetland ecologist Stephen E. Davis III has joined the science team at the Everglades Foundation. Davis was most recently an associate professor at Texas A&M University.
The University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science named Robert K. Cowen associate dean for research. He has been with the Rosenstiel School for 11 years.
The University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science named Anthony Hynes chair of the Division of Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry. He has been with the school for 17 years.
Mark S. Scott, partner for K&L Gates, has been named to the Life Science Steering Committee of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. He will be responsible for enhancing the committee’s mission, to serve as a voice and advisory group for the life science community, to analyze the current status of the local life science industry, to identify challenges to growing the industry and to recommend specific strategies for addressing these challenges.
Jiuhua Chen, professor with the Mechanical and Materials Science Department of the College of Engineering and Computing at Florida International University and associate director of The Center for the Study of Matters at Extreme Condition, initiated a research project and the international effort that resulted in the discovery of a new single-element compound, Boron Boride.