MRS A by Bindu Mayi

Cover photo and design by Donna Levy

Cover photo and design by Donna Levy

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MRS A.
Summary: Andy hated school more than any normal seventh grader should and being a victim of bullying didn’t make it any better. When he goes from being a bully victim to the aggressor, his mother threatens to withdraw him from school and takes him to work with her, where he meets Mrs. A, his mother’s employer. Through her kindness, dedication and wisdom, Mrs. A helps Andy undergo a slow and steady transformation, which is reflected in his schoolwork. When Mrs. A dies from a bad infection, Andy is faced with a tremendous challenge that could very well make him regress to his old ways. Will Andy use what Mrs. A had taught him and rise above the bullies of the world? Will he learn to keep his mind on the goal and make a difference?

About the Author:

Bindu Mayi has a doctorate in Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, a post doctorate in Infectious Diseases as well as research in cancer therapeutics using nanotechnology. She currently teaches Microbiology to professional students at a University in South Florida. She is also a Board member and volunteer for Share-A-Pet, a 501c3 non profit organization that provides free pet-assisted therapy to individuals in hospitals, nursing homes and children’s centers. Plato, who is the Golden Retriever in the book, is the namesake for and modeled after a Share-A-Pet therapy dog. He was one of the sweetest, most well behaved dogs the author had ever had the pleasure to meet.

Bindu Mayi is passionate about education and public health issues. In Mrs. A, she has combined her love for children and her desire to mentor them with her passion for prevention of infectious diseases.

 

What you need to know about MRSA

This is a helpful link with comprehensive information on MRSA (credits CDC website).

MRSA images MRSA in the Lab
Microscopic images

Photo credits: Public Health Image Library (PHIL)

Electron microscopic images

Magnified 20,000X, this colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicts a grouping of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria. See PHIL 617 for a black and white view of this image. These S. aureus bacteria are methicillin-resistant, and are from one of the first isolates in the U.S. that showed increased resistance to vancomycin as well. Note the increase in cell wall material seen as clumps on the organisms’ surface.

Magnified 20,000X, this colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicts a grouping of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria. See PHIL 617 for a black and white view of this image. These S. aureus bacteria are methicillin-resistant, and are from one of the first isolates in the U.S. that showed increased resistance to vancomycin as well. Note the increase in cell wall material seen as clumps on the organisms’ surface. 

 

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