Sioux Valley Section

Welcome to the Sioux Valley Local Section Home Page. We are one of the 186 Local Sections of the American Chemical Society and our members come from all over the state of South Dakota. ACS Local Sections promote public awareness of chemistry by being involved in community outreach programs and by working with students of chemistry and science. We hope to encourage an interest in the chemical sciences. If you are interested in becoming a member of ACS, please go to for more information. If you are already an ACS member and would like to join our Local Section, please call or e-mail me or another officer (see Local Section Officers information below).
Ying (Daisy) Deng, Ph.D., Chair


Chair - Dr. Ying (Daisy) Deng, University of South Dakota, University Center Sioux Falls SD, (605) 367-7715

Chair Elect - Dr. Z. Rick Wang, University of South Dakota, Vermillon SD,, (605) 677-7281

Past Chair- Dr. Bijoy Dey, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD 57197 (605) 274-5008.

Secretary - Dr. Ranjit T. Koodali, University of South Dakota, Vermillon SD, (605) 677-6189.

Treasurer - Mr. Jeff Jung, T&R Services, 705 6th Ave. North, Brookings, SD 57006 (605) 534-3571.

Councilor - Dr. Jetty Duffy-Matzner, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD 57197 (605) 274-4822.

Alternate Councilor - Dr. George Mwangi, University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (605) 575-2069.

NCW Coordinator, CCED Coordinator - Ms. Melissa Reis, POET Research, Sioux Falls SD,


Councilor and Web-person is Jetty Duffy-Matzner, please send her your web listings!

A link to the Councilor's report from the Spring 2014 Dallas National Meeting is here – please let me know if you have any questions. There is some news about materials available for the upcoming guidelines for ACS approved undergraduate programs, unemployed chemists and the upcoming ACS elections. If you have any questions please contact our councilor and webmaster, Jetty Duffy-Matzner.

Dates of interest 2014

The Executive Board is still working on updating our bylaws to include changes for electronic balloting and changes in our student members. If you have an interest and would like to be involved please contact any of the local section officers.

blue boxSpread the news - National Chemistry Week is coming. This year's theme is the chemistry of candy, how sweet!! We are looking for submissions to our NCW poster contest for K-12 applicants. Please look at the following link for more information.

blue boxWe hosted our Annual Research Poster Contest on Saturday, September 20th at the GEAR Center (4800 N Career Ave) in Sioux Falls. The schedule ran from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm.There were 17 posters presented. First place went to Delaney Schara and Kellan Klubben (Augustana College), second place went to Sarah Fisher (Augustana College) and third place went to Alex Hannerstorm (USD). Thanks to the many volunteers who made this a memorable day. Pictures will be posted soon.

blue boxMidwest Regional meeting will be held November 12-15th in Colombia, MO. Aschedule has been posted on the website for the meeting.

Upcoming Events/Announcements

bullet The Sioux Valley Local Section hosted an Awards Dinner on May 2nd 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Tre Lounge in Sioux Falls. About 30 local section members and students gathered to celebrate our graduating seniors and volunteers for the local section. We were pleased to recognize 12 Outstanding Seniors and 3 Honorable Mentions. Outstanding Seniors: Stephen Bollinger (USD), David Christianson (USD), Steffani Donahoe (USD), Tam Ho (USD), Amanda Johnson (Augie), Aaron Kern (Northern State University), Kristin Luepke (Augie), Allison McEldowney (SDSU), Travis Nelson (USD), Ruthellen (Elle) Tornberg (Augie), Carissa Wieseler (USD). Honorable Mention: Adam Pay (SDSU), Dien Tran (Western Iowa Tech Community College), Renae Waters (Black Hills State University). In the left picture Officers: Melissa Reiss and Jeff Jung are with Chair Daisy Deng to pose with a graduating seniors. As can be seen in the right picture a good time was had by all.


bullet The Sioux Valley Local Section announces the 2014 Chemist's Celebrate Earth Day Activities K-12 Poetry winners. We had 45 entries spanning 3 levels: K-2, 3-5, 7-8 (no entries), 9-12. Winner of the K-2 catagory was Sophie Spier, 3-5 was Parna Choul, and 9-12 was William Howe. Congratulations, those winning entries received a cash prize and will be entered into the national ACS contest. Please click on the following links to see our winner's posters: K-2, 3-5, 9-12.

We had two successful outreach events for Earth Day. We had tables at the Sioux Falls Main Library on Monday (April 21) and at the Oak Library on Tuesday (April 22). Many thanks to the graduate students from USD and undergraduates from Augie. We had fun making chromatography butterflies, passing out stickers and coloring posters. Below is a picture of USD graduate student, Austin Letcher, working with several elementary students to make their beautiful butterflies.


bullet Sioux Valley Local Section Election Results for the 2014 year: Chair Elect - Rick Wang, Chair -Ying Deng, Immediate Past Chair - Bijoy Dey, Secretary - Ranjit Koodali, Treasurer - Jeff Jung, Councilor (3 yr term) Jetty Duffy-Matzner, Alternate Councilor (3 yr term) George Mwangi, Outreach Chair - Melissa Reis.

We are very pleased to annouce the winners for the National Chemistry Week's Illustrated Poem Contest. We had 27 entries in the 6-8th grade catagory and 13 in the 9-12th grade. Winner of the 6-8th grade catagory was Ashley Geraetsof Memorial Middle School, teacher is Rachelle Anderson. Winner of the 9-12th grade was Savanna Timbey of Washington High School, teacher is Laura Mehlbrech. Congratulations, those winning entries received a cash prize and will be entered into the national ACS contest. Please click on the following links to see our winner's posters: Ashley Geraets and Savanna Timbey.

Recent Events

Here are two new videos celebrating the 25th Anniversary of National Chemistry Week (NCW) to share with your community. Both videos are available at One video is a new episode of ACS’ award-winning Bytesize Science series. It highlights research behind this year’s NCW theme — nanotechnology. The second video is a retrospective on the history of NCW and its 25-year legacy of exciting the public about chemistry.

Please send any news to Jetty Duffy-Matzner.

bullet NCWWe celebrated National Chemistry Week across the local section in a variety of venues. The Chemistry Department at Augustana College hosted Science Day on Friday, October 25. This was an event open to area High School Teachers and Students with hands-on activities and lots of science demos. The local section also sponsored a poster contest for K-12 students. Please see above announcement under upcoming events.

October 16-18, 2013 MWRM meeting in Springfield, MO

Sioux Valley Undergraduate Poster Contest was held on September 28th at the USD/SDSU GEAR Center campus in Sioux Falls, SD.  We had 20 undergraduates present from Augustana College, the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University. Student winners were: Shelby Duffield (Augie, Barry Eichler mentor), Sarah Fisher (Augie, Jared Mays mentor), Eric Habbe and Garret Heiberger (Augie, Barry Eichler mentor).

Professor Cole-Dai Jihong was the keynote speaker for our Sioux Valley Undergraduate Poster Contest followed by lunch at the USD/SDSU GEAR Center on Sept. 28th.

We ran our Chemists Celebrate Earth Day festivities on Sunday April 22nd. The Event began at 4 p.m. at Gilbert Science Center (room 101) at Augustana College. We were lucky to have 3 panelists talk about the differences we as chemists could make in our community. Our three panelists were: Prof. Brennan Jordan (USD), Shaun Feilmeier (Millenium Recycling) and Prof. Jihong Cole-Dai (SDSU).