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Science  21 Oct 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6310, pp. 294
DOI: 10.1126/science.aai8940

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Might it be possible to apply the scientific method to affect social change? Using the resources and knowledge available in a university setting, could we develop and test evidence-based solutions to the social problems facing our society? In Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship, Teresa Chahine challenges us to do just that. Chahine, an environmental health scientist, teaches a course at Harvard that seeks to train students not just to analyze social problems but also to solve them. The book, based on the course, offers a step-by-step framework for thinking about the challenges facing our society and their solutions.