Sioux Valley Section

Welcome to the Sioux Valley Local Section Home Page. We are one of the 184 Local Sections of the American Chemical Society and our members come from all over the state of South Dakota and parts of Iowa, Nebraska & Minnesota. 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).
Dr. Andrew Strangjord, Ph.D., Chair

Chair - Dr. Andrew Strandjord, Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (605) 274-5496

Chair Elect -Mrs. Melissa Tille, POET Research, Sioux Falls SD (605) 212-6637,

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

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

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

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

Alternate Councilor - Dr. Adam Sturlaugson, University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD 57105 (605) 331-6757.

NCW Coordinator, CCED Coordinator - Dr. Paula Mazzer, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell SD (605)995-2899,

Public Relations Chair, Newsletter Editor - Dr. Ranjit Koodali, University of South Dakota, Vermillon SD 57069 (605) 677-6189,


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

A link to the Councilor's report from the 20l8 Fall National Meeting . is here – please let me know if you have any questions.Lots of updaes. If you have any questions please contact our councilor and webmaster, Jetty Duffy-Matzner.

Upcoming Events/Announcements

blue boxPlease join us for our FIRSTS annual Graduate and Undergradute Research Symposium to be held on Saturday, September 22nd. Please RSVP by Sept 15th to Chair, Andrew Strandjord. It will be held at eh Poet Research Auditorim at 4615N. Lewisstreet, Sioux Falls SD 57104 from 11am to 5 pm. It will include student posters and judging, lunch, tours of Poet and our annual Sioux Valley Meeting. Abstracts should be sentby September 15th to our secretary at

blue boxMidwest Regional meeting was held October 18-20th in Lawrence, Kansas. Councilor Jetty Duffy-Matzner was recognized with the E. Ann Naley Regional Award for Volunteer Service. Skyy Pineda from Augustana University was one of 5 undergraduates from the midwest region to be recognized for an outstanding research poster.

bulletElection Ballot: WE NEED TO LOOK AT ELECTIO for 2019! Elections results for the 2018 year: Chair - Andrew Strandjord, Chair Elect - Melissa Tille, Sectretary - Ying Deng, Treasurer - Jeff Jung. Dr. Pamela Mazzer will be leading our outreach activities. Jetty and Adam have ONE more year to serve in councilor positions.

BYLAW CHANGES: Our bylaws changes have been approved by national ACS. Please look at thislink to see the major changes that will be implemented. Please send questions to either Chair Andrew Strandjord or Councilor Jetty Duffy-Matzner.

Public Relations/Outreach

blue boxACS Discoveries - provided by Public Relations Chair, Dr. Ranjit Koodali. This is an effort on our part to make science more accessible to the public, and to showcase the many ways Chemistry is part of our everyday lives. Each month ACS issues a short collection of science articles, written in an interesting and engaging style. Please enjoy and let us know if you would like to see more of these.

bulletOur Public Relations Chair, Dr. Ranjit Koodali, will be doing monthly broadcasts for Dakota Midday:Innovations. Please see mp3 links below.

  1. SDPB Innovation 10/13/2017 – The 2017 Nobel prize in chemistry
  2. SDPB Innovation 09/08/2017 – Chemistry can explain why you shouldn't stare at the solar eclipse without protection
  3. SDPB Innovation 08/25/2017 – Core-cross-linked nanoparticles 
  4. SDPB Innovation 07/28/2017 – Highly elastic binders integrating polyrotaxanes
  5. SDPB Innovation 06/23/2017 – Multi step continuous flow process
  6. SDPB Innovation 05/26/2017 – 3D-Printed Evaporator for High-Efficiency Solar Steam Generation
  7. SDPB Innovation 04/28/2017 – Metal Organic Frameworks
  8. SDPB Innovation 03/24/2017 – Oleo sponges (link not available)
  9. SDPB Innovation 02/24/2017 – Fluorinated compounds in U.S. fast food packaging (link not available)
  10. SDPB Innovation 01/27/2017 – Innovation: Nanomachines (link not available)
  11. SDPB Innovation 01/13/2017 – Innovation: Dr. Ranjit Koodali and Dr. Brian Burrell
  12. SDPB Innovation 08/26/2016 – Engineered microbes making silver nanoparticles
  13. SDPB Innovation 07/22/2016 – Turning plastics into fuel
  14. SDPB Innovation 06/24/2016 – Biosynthesized ZnO nanoparticles and soil fungi
  15. SDPB Innovation 05/27/2016 – Light sparks conversion of nitrogen to ammonia
  16. SDPB Innovation 04/22/2016 – Graphene
  17. SDPB Innovation 03/25/2016 – Converting atmospheric carbon dioxide batteries
  18. SDPB Innovation 02/26/2016 – Renewable energy research


Recent Events

bulletHoper you joined us for our celebration of our members and graduating undergraduates at the Sioux Valley Local Section Spring Meeting and Awards Banquet on May 4th at the Cherry Creek Grill from 5:30-9pm. Cherry Creek Grill is located at 3104 E 26th Street in Sioux Falls, SD. Photos will be coming soon!

bulletWe hosted a member dinner and undergraduate poster contest on Friday, September 29th at Augustana University in the Froiland Science Center. We introduced the ballot of officers for elections and changes to our bylaws to allow electronic balloting and support the regional undergraduates members. We also had a panel and are grateful to our panelists: Keith Francis (Sanford Research), Aubrey Jones (South Dakota Agricultural Labs), Stanley May (University of South Dakota), Billie Streufert (Augustana University Career Center), and Melissa Tille (POET) There were 13 posters presented during the undergraduate research symposium and we are thankful for our 10 judges with representation from Augustana University, Morningside, Dakota State University, Dakota Wesleyan University, University of Sioux Falls and the University of South Dakota. We had three finalist posters from: Katelyn Stevens & Cameron Jensen (Augie), Ashleigh Chov (USD), Hope Maunders & Alissa Runia (Augie). We had the three winners that will receive funds to reimburse travel to ACS meetings. First place with $800 were Troy Hollinsworth & Austin Kroeger (Augie). Second place with $500 was Carl Lang (Augie). Third place winners with $400 were Claire Fanta & Katie Tlusty (Augie). Pictured below - first row from left to right - Katie Tlusty, Alissa Runia, Hope Maunders, Katelyn Stevens, Ashleigh Chov. Second row - Carl Lang, Cameron Jensen, Austin Kroeger and Troy Hollinsworth.

Thanks again to our panelists: Stanley May, Melissa Tille, Aubrey Jones, Kevin Francis and Billie Struefert.


Older Events

bulletCCED imageThe Sioux Valley Local Section hosted a K-12 poem contest for the Sioux Valley Local Section for CCED run by our Outreach Coordinator, Melissa Tille. The winner in the 9-12 catagory was Alustriel Day from Washington High School, her teacher is Jennifer Barrett. Her entry was forwarded on to the National ACS and she won the National CCED competition in second place. Please see the following link to look at her great poster celebrating this year's theme of water. Please see all the national winners including Alustriel in the following link.

Please send any news to Jetty Duffy-Matzner.

blue boxA Science Fair hosted by SDSU had an event sponsored by the Sioux Valley Local Section by volunteer Dr. Faithi Halaweish. Three area awards were given. First place went to Emily Larson (Tea High School). Runner Up was Elizabeth Rude (Waverly South Shore). 2nd Runner up was Kaelin Alons and Carly Haarsma (Unity Christian High School).