Jessie Pierce ’14 featured in story on summer research

“Cookstoves and religious practice in rural India—Environmental studies and globalization studies double major Jessie Pierce ’14 is working with Prof. Monica Ogra and Project Gaia, a global nonprofit with an office in Gettysburg, to study the viability of ethanol cookstoves in two rural Indian Hindu and Muslim communities. While ethanol cookstoves are gaining popularity in developing countries as a safer and cheaper alternative to wood, waste, and oil-based fuels, the use of distilled grain alcohol in ethanol fuel production can cause cultural complications for communities that struggle with substance abuse or have religious restrictions regarding the use of alcohol. Pierce is spending a month in Gandikhatta and Ganga Bhopur to learn local attitudes toward ethanol distillation and its use for cooking.”

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