The David Poole Lecture In Mathematics

Established in 2021 by Trent University Professor Emeritus David Poole, former chair of Trent’s Mathematics Department and a former Associate Dean of Arts and Science, this annual lecture series will feature talks about mathematics and/or mathematics education. The intended audience is the Trent community, local teachers and students, and the general public. 


Richard Hoshino 

Associate Teaching Professor at Northeastern University

  • calendar iconFriday, November 10, 2023
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Lecture Abstract 

The core of the talk will be three math puzzles, all of which will be accessible to every person in the audience. In the process of solving these three puzzles, the four principles of Computational Thinking will be uncovered and discover how this "21st-century mindset" can enable us to tackle complex challenges with both confidence and impact.

About Richard Hoshino 

A headshot of Richard HoshinoRichard Hoshino is an Associate Teaching Professor at the Vancouver campus of Northeastern University. Prior to joining Northeastern in 2020, Richard was a mathematician for the Government of Canada, a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, and a professor of mathematics and computer science at Quest University Canada in Squamish, British Columbia. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Richard has published 36 research papers across numerous fields and is the author of "The Math Olympian", a Young Adult novel. In addition to his work at Northeastern University, Richard also runs a thriving consulting business where he builds optimal timetables for high schools and optimal schedules for organizations.

Richard has visited over 50 high schools over the past decade, conducting workshops on problem-solving and computational thinking for thousands of students and teachers. He was the 2017 recipient of the Adrien Pouliot Award, awarded by the Canadian Mathematical Society as a lifetime achievement award to celebrate “significant and sustained contributions to mathematics education.

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