When Blake Meyers, a 31-year-old postdoc at UC Davis’ department of vegetable crops, told his father about his recent NSF grant to study gene expression patterns in Arabidopsis, the elder Dr. Meyers, an English professor at the College of William and Mary, was taken aback. “My dad was impressed at the amount of money, because in English not many people get almost $1 million for their research,” says Meyers.

“I’m the black sheep in the family,” he adds. “Everyone else is in humanities.”

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