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Cal in the Family

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Lisa Forma, winner of the 2007 Babcock Prize and a finalist for the prestigious University Medal, first started at Cal in 1971, dropping out after 10 weeks. She returned when her UC Berkeley-bound daughter Lizzie was a senior in high school.

Attending CNR at the same time, Lisa majored in Conservation and Resource Studies and joined the Boyer hydrology Lab, while Lizzie pursued Molecular Environmental Biology. “Lizzie was an incredible support to me academically,” says her mother, “balancing sympathy with ruthless ‘c’mon, mom, get to work on that paper!’”

Lisa had vowed to give her daughter plenty of space, but says, “She let me come over to watch ‘America’s Next Top Model’ with her and her roommates, and wasn’t even embarrassed.”


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