Artist and astrophysicist Nia Imara is best known for her work blurring the boundaries between science and art. Born in Oakland, CA, Nia's body of art work - including paintings, quilts, and posters - reflects her love for vibrant color, people, and their stories.  Nia studied astrophysics at UC Berkeley and did her postdoctoral research at Harvard University.  She is currently a professor of astronomy at UC Santa Cruz, where she investigates how stars are born in the Milky Way and other galaxies throughout the universe.  Nia is the founder/director of Onaketa, a nonprofit that provides free STEM tutoring to students of color.