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.

Upcoming Events/Announcements

bullet The Sioux Valley Local Section will be hosting an Awards Dinner on May 2nd 2014 from 5-7 p.m. Location to be announced at a later time. Forms for the Outstanding Undergraduate Seniors have been emailed to department chairs. Please contact Chair Daisy Deng if you have any questions . Also please save the time and we will keep you posted on further information.

bullet The Sioux Valley Local Section is pleased to announce that we are looking for entries K-12 for the 2014 Chemist's Celebrate Earth Day Activities. The deadline is April 23rd. Poems along with the completed entry forms should be returned Please see the corresponding links for the flyer and the entry form.

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).