Dave Stone's Home Page

Welcome to my Home Page!!! This briefly introduces you to me, what I do for a living, some of my interests and a number of Web sites I find to be interesting and useful.

In addition to being Ethan's dad, I teach all of the biology classes (Introductory Biology, Organismal Biology, Field Biology and Genetics and Society) at University Laboratory High School, a high school on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In the past I have been a collaborating educator, working with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, on a projects including Biology WorkBench and Bugscope. My most recent involvement, for which I have received funding through 2009, is with BeeSpace. For the past thirteen years I have served as the Teacher-Advisor for the school's ExploraVision teams.

My hobby interests tend to center around biology, dogs and computers. The leftmost picture was taken at a 1995 flyball tournament, when I ran Bullet on the Dog Training Club of Champaign-Urbana's flyball team, Hit Squad. The center left picture shows Fly performing the weave poles at a 2002 agility trial. The center right picture shows Ringer jumping at a 2004 DTCCU agility trial. The rightmost picture shows Blast working sheep for the first time in October, 2006.

ExploraVision Links

Our 1996 team placed first in the Grades 10-12 division of the international competition. We followed in 1997, again placing first in the competiton with an all senior team. Our 1998 team placed second in the international competition. Our 1999 team placed first in the regional round of the competition, placing us in the top 12 high school teams in the international competition. Four teams received Honorable Mention in 2000, two received that honor in 2002, one received that honor in 2003, two in 2004, three in 2005, three in 2007, four in 2008, and three in 2009 as well as first place in the competition. The project is entitled, "HEARTt: sHDL Enabled Atheroma Reverse Transport Technology."

Uni High Research and Development Teams Wiki - Includes web sites and resources for students interested in getting started in various science competitions.


eCYBERMISSION is a web-based science, math and technology competition for 6th through 9th grade teams. During 2005, our first year in the competiton, a team comprised of four subfreshmen was awarded the eCYBERMISSION Innovation, Originality and Creativity Award, and each earned a $2000 scholarship. The same team competed the next year and was awarded the 2006 Northwest Regional Team Collaboration and Communication Award and $2000 each. Because of the large number of students interested in ExploraVision coaching I have not coached any eCYBERMISSION teams since that time.

Recent Projects and Proposals

Experiencing BeeSpace, Summer, 2009.

Toshiba/NSTA: ExploraVision’s Educational Value - Teacher Spotlight, June, 2009.

Four Square Fund, 2009 Application Form, Spring, 2009.

ExploraVision Summer Stipend Proposal, Spring, 2009.

Stoddard Faculty Support Endowment Fund: Arthropod Nature Photography Workshop Proposal, Spring, 2009.

University Laboratory High School Curriculum Award Submission , Spring, 2009.

Makino Foundation for Teaching Excellence Proposal: Intensive Web Design Workshop, Spring, 2009.

Makino Foundation Award for Expanding Student Activities: Green Club Composting Project, Spring, 2009.

Stoddard Faculty Support Endowment Fund: Genocide and Human Rights Summer Institute , Spring, 2009.

Stoddard Faculty Support Endowment Fund: Costa Rica Summer Biology Trip, Spring, 2007.

Stoddard Faculty Support Endowment Fund: Tenth Annual Forensic Science Educational Conference, Spring, 2006.

Makino Foundation Award for Expanding Student Activities: Expanding Resources for the Biology Component of the Allerton Park Freshman Retreat, Spring, 2006.

Advanced Arthropod Studies Curriculum, Summer, 2005.

BeeSpace Bee Biology Background Pages, Summer, 2005.

Makino Foundation for Teaching Excellence Proposal: Digital Macrophotography, Spring, 2004.

Stoddard Faculty Endowment Proposal: Digital Macrophotography, Winter, 2004.

Digital Photography-based Biology Projects, 2002-2003 academic year.

Stoddard Faculty Endowment Proposal: Six Day Canid Behavior Seminar, Winter, 2002.

Project Disappeared: An Interdisciplinary Unit Involving the Use of Genetics in Correcting Past Political Atrocities in Argentina, Summer, 2001.

"The Disappeared of Argentina": Development of the First NCSA EduPortal Lesson Planner Module (Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Teaching Advancement Board Teaching Advancement Proposal) Fall, 2000.

Development of Evolution Teaching Policy in Light of Continued Debate Regarding the Teaching of Evolution and Creationism in U.S. Classrooms, Fall, 1999.

Public School Policy Development Primer: Religious-based Objection to Course Content and Materials, Fall, 1999.

Summer, 1999 Bugscope Team Activities

Advanced Arthropod Studies Curriculum Project Overview, Summer, 1999 Presentation.

Bugscope Project Overview , Summer, 1999 Presentation.

Microscopy and Entomology Workshop for Teachers Incorporating Bugscope into Their Teaching (Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Teaching Advancement Board Teaching Advancement Proposal) Summer, 1999.

Bugscope Development: Inquiry-based Learning and Teaching With Emerging Technologies (Provost's Initiative on Teaching Advancement Proposal), Spring, 1999.

Biology Curriculum Enhancement Using Digital Images and Audio (Hurst Foundation Proposal), Spring, 1999.

Educator's Guide to Computer Crime and Technology Misuse, Spring, 1999.

Preliminary Evaluation Plan for Biology Workbench Education Enhancements, Fall, 1998.

Technological Update of Biology C: Field Biology Web Presentation, Summer, 1998.

Technological Update of Biology C: Field Biology, Full Text, Summer, 1998.

All work, no play...

CTER Online, C&I 335 e-Porfolio, EdPsy 387, EOL 469 e-portfolio.

Central Stores Computer Center

Finding Information

Science Direct is a great source for accessing journal articles.

Some Noteworthy Biology-Related Internet Stops

Access Excellence is an excellent site for biology teachers. Classroom and lab activities, interviews with prominent biologists and research updates are just a few of the things you will encounter at this site.

BIODIDAC is a bank of digital resources for biology teaching.

The Discovery Channel Online is an enjoyable, educational site that changes daily. Science and Nature sections are particularly well done.

The Electronic Zoo is a great resource for information regarding virtually any animal species. List-servs, newsgroups and databases are just the beginning.

The Environmental Protection Agency WWW Home Page provides a huge number of links to environmental and legal resources.

The largest environmentally oriented WWW site is EnviroWeb. Great graphics and information.

Frank Potter's Science Gems is an excellent site for science teachers. It serves as a clearinghouse of software and websites pertaining to physical, earth and life sciences, mathematics and engineering. Additional sources include Martindale's Health Science Guide and Reference Desk.

HMS BEAGLE is the BioMedNet Magazine. It is updated daily.

Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopist's WWW Resources are accessible from the PV Scanning Electron Microscope Users Resource Page.

The Tree of Life is a phylogenetically-based resource that encompasses all kingdoms of living things.

Biometrics Links

Biometric Consortium is a US government site which deals with the technologies, their applications and ethical issues.

IriScan , which you saw in the video, is now called Iridian Technologies. This is one of the best commercial web sites I've encountered that deals with iris scan technology.

The International Biometric Group bills itself as "the biometric industry's leading integration and consulting firm." Their web site is a great site for links to various different biometric technology applications and vendors.

Internet Search, Evaluation and Citation Resources

Internet Resource Search, Evaluation and Citation Page

Columbia Guide to Online Style

Genetics Links

DNA Learning Center

Genetics Education Center (University of Kansas Medical Center)

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man is an excellent starting point for searching anything regarding human genetics.

Hobby Links

American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club
Champaign County Humane Society, WI BC Rescue, Great Lakes BC Rescue, Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue, Carolina BC Rescue
Agility Ability, the ultimate source of agility forms.
Dog Patch Agility Events Search
AKC Events Search
Dog Training Club of Champaign-Urbana
Dog Training Club of Champaign-Urbana Agility I
Dog Training Club of Champaign-Urbana Agility II
Dog Training Club of Champaign-Urbana Advanced Agility Drop-In
J and J Dog Supply, Max 200, Clean Run
Art created during Spring, 2004 while sitting in on Art 1 class

Contact information:

Dave Stone (stone2@illinois.edu), University Laboratory High School, Urbana, IL 61801.
Phone (217) 333-2870.
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Last updated June 25, 2009.