**August, 2021:** Signs of eccentricity in two gravitational-wave signals may indicate a sub-population of dynamically assembled binary black holes (Romero-Shaw, Lasky, Thrane) posted on the arxiv.

**July, 2021:** I had a blast doing "Solve It! for Kids," a podcast by Jennifer Swanson and Jeff Gonyea.
Episode 63 is

How Do Scientists LISTEN to Black Holes?
**July, 2021:** The imprint of superradiance on hierarchical black hole mergers (Payne, Sun, Kremer, Lasky Thrane) posted on the arxiv.

**July, 2021:** On the evidence for a common-spectrum process in the search for the nanohertz gravitational wave background with the Parkes Pulsar Timing Array (Goncharov et al.) accepted for publication in Astrophys. J.

**July, 2021:** A search for intermediate-mass black holes mergers (Vajpeyi et al) posted on the arxiv.

**July, 2021:** Evidence for hierarchical black hole mergers in the second LIGO--Virgo gravitational-wave catalog (Kimball et al.) published in

Astrophys. J. Lett.

**July, 2021:** LIGO--Virgo correlations between mass ratio and effective inspiral spin: testing the active galactic nuclei channel> (McKernan et al.) posted on the arxiv.

**July, 2021:** Come work for Monash Gravity! We are advertising for postdocs in astrophysics and gravitational-wave astronomy (

advert). Get in touch if you're interested.

**July, 2021:** Constraints on Weak Supernova Kicks from Observed Pulsar Velocities (Wilcox, Mandel, Thrane, Deller, Stevenson, Vigna-Gómez) posted on the arxiv.

**July, 2021:** Bayesian inference for gravitational waves from binary neutron star mergers in third-generation observatories (Smith et al.) accepted for publication in Phys. Rev. Lett.

**July, 2021:** The Memory Remains (Undetected): Updates from the Second LIGO/Virgo Gravitational-Wave Transient Catalog (Hübner, Lasky, Thrane) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**June, 2021:** Observation of Gravitational Waves from Two Neutron Star–Black Hole Coalescences publisheed in Astrophys. J. Lett.
Congratulations to my colleague, Rory Smith, who co-wrote this paper for the LIGO-Virgo Collaborations!
See Rory's popular science summary in The Conversation:

‘Laws of nature turned up to 11’: astronomers spot two neutron stars being swallowed by black holes.

**June, 2021:** Inference with finite time series: Observing the gravitational Universe through windows (Talbot, Thrane, Biscoveanu, Smith) posted on the arxiv.

**June, 2021:** Gravitational Waves as a Probe of Globular Cluster Formation and Evolution (Romero-Shaw, Kremer, Lasky, Thrane, Samsing) accepted for publication in Mon. Not. R. Ast. Soc.

**June, 2021:** Implications of Eccentric Observations on Binary Black Hole Formation Channels (Zevin, Romero-Shaw, Kremer, Thrane, Lasky) posted on the arxiv.

**June, 2021:** Congratulations to my former PhD student, Colm Talbot, has been awarded the Charlene Heisler Prize for the most outstanding astronomy PhD thesis in Australia.

**May, 2021:** Optimized localization for gravitational-waves from merging binaries (You, Ashton, Zhu, Thrane, Zhu) posted on the arxiv.

**April, 2021:** Colm Talbot is the recipient of the 2020 Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Thesis Excellence (for the best Monash dissertation in any subject last year). Congratulations, Colm!

**March, 2021:** Evidence for an intermediate-mass black hole from a gravitationally lensed gamma-ray burst (Paynter, Webster, Thrane) published in

Nature Astronomy. We present evidence for the detection of a ~6×10

^{4} solar mass black hole using the apparently lensed pulses of GRB 950830. The discovery was covered by a number of outlets including

The Independent,

The Daily Mail, and

Quanta Magazine.

**March, 2021:** Heavy double neutron stars: birth, mid-life and death (Galaudage, Adamcewicz, Zhu, Stevenson, Thrane) published in

Astrophys. J. Lett.

**February, 2021:** Population properties of compact objects from the second LIGO-Virgo Gravitational-Wave Transient Catalog published in

Astrophys. J as part of a

Focus Issue: Gravitational-wave Astrophysics from the Second LIGO-Virgo Transient Catalog.
See also:

Astronomers probe black hole origins after 39 new cosmic collisions detected,

Black hole mergers? 44 confirmed, and counting, Monash

press release, the

GWTC-2 paper, LVK webinar on

YouTube.

**February, 2021:** Standard-siren cosmology using gravitational waves from binary black holes (You, Zhu, Ashton, Thrane) published in

Astrophys. J.

**January, 2021:** Black-hole spectroscopy, the no-hair theorem and GW150914: Kerr vs. Occam (Calderón Bustill, Lasky, Thrane) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**January, 2021:** Temperature dependent appearance of exotic matter makes nascent neutron stars spin faster (Hernandez-Vivanco et al.) posted on the arxiv.

**January, 2021:** The ARC has funded "Australian Partnership in Advanced LIGO+" (LE210100002); $3M AUD for 12 investigators.

**December, 2020:** Gravitational-wave astronomy with a physical calibration model (Payne, Talbot, Lasky, Thrane, Kissel) published in

Phys Rev D.

**December, 2020:** Fast, flexible, and accurate evaluation of Malmquist bias with machine learning: Preparing for the pending flood of gravitational-wave detections (Talbot, Thrane) posted on the arxiv.

**December, 2020:** Gravitational-wave astronomy with an uncertain noise power spectral density (Talbot, Thrane) published in

Phys. Rev. Res.

**November, 2020:** A scalable random forest regressor for combining neutron-star equation of state measurements: A case study with GW170817 and GW190425 (Hernandez Vivanco, Smith, Thrane, Lasky) published in

Mon. Not. R. Ast. Soc.

**November, 2020:** Searching for anisotropy in the distribution of binary black hole mergers (Payne, Banagiri, Lasky, Thrane) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**November, 2020:** Neutron Star Extreme Matter Observatory: A kilohertz-band gravitational-wave detector in the global network (Ackley et al; OzGrav) published in

PASA.

**November, 2020:** Constraining temperature distribution inside LIGO test masses from frequencies of their vibrational modes (Blair, Levin, Thrane) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**November, 2020:** Measuring the primordial gravitational-wave background in the presence of astrophysical foregrounds (Biscoveanu, Talbot, Thrane, Smith) published in

Phys. Rev. Lett.
**October, 2020:** Identifying and mitigating noise sources in precision pulsar timing data sets (Goncharov et al.) published in

MNRAS.

**October, 2020:** GW190521: orbital eccentricity and signatures of dynamical formation in a binary black hole merger signal (Romero-Shaw, Lasky, Thrane, (Calderón Bustillo) published in

Astrophys. J. Lett., OzGrav

press release.

**October, 2020:** Gravitational-wave inference in the catalog era: evolving priors and marginal events (Galaudage, Talbot, Thrane) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**September, 2020:** Black hole genealogy: Identifying hierarchical mergers with gravitational waves (Kimball, Talbot, Berry, Carney, Zevin, Thrane, Kalogera) published in

Astrophys. J.

**September, 2020:** Bayesian inference for compact binary coalescences with BILBY: Validation and application to the first LIGO--Virgo gravitational-wave transient catalogue (Romero-Shaw, Talbot, Biscoveanu, et al. published in

Mon. Not. R. Ast. Soc.

**September, 2020:** Toward the unambiguous identification of supermassive binary black holes through Bayesian inference (Zhu, Thrane) published in

ApJ.

**September, 2020:** 'Impossible' black hole causes biggest collision ever detected by gravitational waves featuring Monash PhD student Isobel Romero-Shaw.
There are two papers:

GW190521: A Binary Black Hole Merger with a Total Mass of 150 M_{⚆} (published in Phys. Rev. Lett.) and

Properties and Astrophysical Implications of the 150 M_{⚆} Binary Black Hole Merger GW190521
**August, 2020:** GW190412: Observation of a Binary-Black-Hole Coalescence with Asymmetric Masses (LIGO/Virgo) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**August, 2020:** Is there a spectral turnover in the spin noise of millisecond pulsars? (Goncharov, Zhu, Thrane) published in

MNRAS.

**July, 2020:** The astrophysical odds of GW151216 (Ashton, Thrane) publishedin

MNRAS.

**June, 2020:** GW190814: Gravitational Waves from the Coalescence of a 23 Solar Mass Black Hole with a 2.6 Solar Mass Compact Object (LIGO/Virgo) published in Astrophys. J. Lett.

**June, 2020:** Memory Effect or Cosmic String? Classifying Gravitational-Wave Bursts with Bayesian Inference (Divakarla, Thrane, Lasky, Whiting) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**June, 2020:** Inferring the population properties of binary black holes from unresolved gravitational waves (Smith, Talbot, Hernandz Vivanco, Thrane) published in

MNRAS.

**May, 2020:** On the origin of GW190425 (Romero-Shaw, Farrow, Stevenson, Thrane, Zhu), published in

MNRAS Lett.

**April, 2020:** Constraining short gamma-ray burst jet properties with gravitational waves and gamma rays (Biscoveanu, Thrane, Vitale) published in

Astrophys. J.

**April, 2020:** Ultra-relativistic astrophysics using multi-messenger observations of double neutron stars with LISA and the SKA (Thrane, Osłowski, Lasky) published in

MNRAS.

**January, 2020:** Thanks for the memory: measuring gravitational-wave memory in the first LIGO/Virgo gravitational-wave transient catalog (Hübner, Talbot, Lasky, Thrane) published in

Phys. Rev. D. The paper was also featured in an article on

space.com.

**January, 2020:** GW190425: Observation of a Compact Binary Coalescence with Total Mass 3.4 M_{☉} (LIGO/Virgo) published in

Astrophys. J. Lett.

**December, 2019:** Ground-Based Gravitational-Wave Astronomy in Australia: 2019 White Paper (Bailes et al.) posted on the arxiv.

**December, 2019:** Higher order gravitational-wave modes with likelihood reweighting (Payne, Talbot, Thrane) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**December, 2019:** Gravitational wave detection without boot straps: a Bayesian approach (Ashton, Thrane, Smith) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**November, 2019:** Measuring the neutron star equation of state with gravitational waves: the first forty binary neutron star mergers (Hernandez Vivanco, Smith, Thrane, Lasky, Talbot, Raymond) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**November, 2019:** Searching for Eccentricity: Signatures of Dynamical Formation in the First Gravitational-Wave Transient Catalogue of LIGO and Virgo (Romero-Shaw, Lasky, Thrane) published in

MNRAS.

**September, 2019:** Binary Black Hole Population Properties Inferred from the First and Second Observing Runs of Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo published in

Astrophys. J. Lett.

**September, 2019:** Parallelized Inference for Gravitational-Wave Astronomy (Talbot, Smith, Thrane, Poole) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**September, 2019:** GWTC-1: A Gravitational-Wave Transient Catalog of Compact Binary Mergers Observed by LIGO and Virgo during the First and Second Observing Runs published in

Phys. Rev. X.

**August, 2019:** Accelerated detection of the binary neutron star gravitational-wave background (Hernandez Vivanco, Smith, Thrane, and Lasky) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**May, 2019:** Exploring the sensitivity of gravitational wave detectors to neutron star physics (Martynov et al.) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**May, 2019:** We've detected new gravitational waves, we just don't know where they come from (yet) with Tara Murphy and Qi Chu.

**April, 2019:** The mass distribution of Galactic double neutron stars (Farrow, Zhu, and Thrane) published in

The Astrophys. J.
**March, 2019:** Directional limits on persistent gravitational waves using data from Advanced LIGO's first two observing runs published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**March, 2019:** An introduction to Bayesian inference in gravitational-wave astronomy: parameter estimation, model selection, and hierarchical models (Thrane and Talbot) published in

PASA.

**February, 2019:** I appeared in

The Black Hole Hunters produced by ABC Catalyst alongside fellow OzGrav members, David Blair and Carl Blair, with host, Tamara Davis.

**February, 2019:** Bilby: A user-friendly Bayesian inference library for gravitational-wave astronomy (Ashton, et al.) published in the

Astrophys. J. Supp.

**December, 2018:** Filming for an upcoming program on black holes next to the OzStar computer.

(Credit: Amy Sherden)

**November, 2018:** The minimum and maximum gravitational-wave background from supermassive binary black holes (Zhu, Cui, and Thrane) published in

MNRAS.

**November, 2018:** Measuring eccentricity in binary black hole inspirals with gravitational waves (Lower, Thrane, Lasky, and Smith) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**September, 2018:** Gravitational-wave memory: waveforms and phenomenology (Talbot, Thrane, Lasky, and Lin) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**August, 2018:** An all-sky radiometer for narrowband gravitational waves using folded data (Goncharov and Thrane) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**July, 2018:** Inferring the population properties of binary neutron stars with gravitational-wave measurements of spin (Zhu, Thrane, Osłowski, Levin, and Lasky) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**June, 2018:** The cosmic gravitational wave symphony | Sylvia Biscoveanu.

**May, 2018:** A Search for Tensor, Vector, and Scalar Polarizations in the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background published in

Phys. Rev. Lett.

**April, 2018:** The optimal search for an astrophysical gravitational-wave background (Smith and Thrane) published in

Phys. Rev. X.
See also:

Viewpoint: Listening for the Cosmic Hum of Black Holes.

**April, 2018:** Australian scientists pioneer new way to hear black holes colliding across the universe with Sylvia Biscoveanu and Rory Smith (credit: ABC).

Here's what two black holes smashing into each other sounds like (credit: The Age)

**April, 2018:** Measuring the binary black hole mass spectrum with an astrophysically motivated parameterization (Talbot and Thrane) published in

Astrophys. J..

**April, 2018:** Filming for an upcoming media release at the new OzStar supercomputer with Rory Smith and Sylvia Biscoveanu (credit: Yeshe Fenner).

**March, 2018:** Gravitational waves attract US talent with Sylvia Biscoveanu.

**December, 2017:** Tests of General Relativity with the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background (Callister et al.) published in

Phys. Rev X.

**October, 2017:** Challenges testing the no-hair theorem with gravitational waves (Thrane, Lasky, & Levin) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**October, 2017:** GW170817: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Neutron Star Inspiral,

A gravitational-wave standard siren measurement of the Hubble constant,

Gravitational Waves and Gamma-Rays from a Binary Neutron Star Merger: GW170817 and GRB 170817A,

GW170817: Implications for the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background from Compact Binary Coalescences,

Search for post-merger gravitational waves from the remnant of the binary neutron star merger GW170817.

**October, 2017:** Nobel Prize in Physics: Australians helped in gravitational waves research +

An award with real gravity: how gravitational waves attracted a Nobel Prize with Yuri Levin and Paul Lasky. The Monash gravity team celebrates the 2017 Nobel Prize for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves...with cake (credit: Steve Morton).

**July, 2017:** Determining the population properties of spinning black holes (Talbot & Thrane) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**July, 2017:** Team OzGrav in official hoodies (credit: Agustin Schiffrin).

**June, 2017:** Posing with a Permian

mesosaurus (credit: Steve Morton).

**May, 2017:** Gravitational waves detected from

GW1710104:

press release,

"A new discovery of gravitational waves has black holes in a spin".

**May, 2017:** Gravitational Waves from Orphan Memory (McNeill, Thrane, Lasky) published in

Phys. Rev. Lett. See also this popular science articles in

New Scientist,

Science Alert,

Eureka Alert, and

Gizmodo.

**April, 2017:** Suspending test masses in terrestrial millihertz gravitational-wave detectors: a case study with a magnetic assisted torsion pendulum (Thrane, Anderson, Levin, Turner) published in

Class. Quant. Grav.

**April, 2017:** Validating gravitational-wave detections: The Advanced LIGO hardware injection system (Biwer et al.) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**March, 2017:** Upper Limits on the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background from Advanced LIGO's First Observing Run (LIGO/Virgo) and

Directional limits on persistent gravitational waves from Advanced LIGO's first observing run (LIGO/Virgo) published for publication in PRL:

isotropcic,

directional.

**November, 2016:** Gravitational waves featured on "

Beyond the Lab" (featuring yours truly and Janna Levin among others).

**October, 2016:** Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Astrophysics: new OzGrav positions open at Monash.

**October, 2016:** "Subtraction of correlated noise in global networks of gravitational-wave interferometers" (with Coughlin et al.) published in

CQG.

**September 2016:** I am delighted to be part of

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav)!
Established at the Swinburne University of Technology, OzGrav will explore the extreme physics of black holes and warped spacetime, inspiring the next generation of Australian scientists and engineers.
Researchers at this Centre, led by Professor Matthew Bailes, will build on decades of Australian investment in gravitational wave and pulsar science, coalescing research activities into a focused national programme.

**August 2016:** Detecting gravitational-wave memory with LIGO: implications of GW150914 (P D Lasky, E Thrane, Y Levin, J Blackman, and Y Chen) published as an Editors' Suggestion in

Phys. Rev. Lett.

**August, 2016:** "

The limits of astrophysics with gravitational wave backgrounds" (with Callister et al.) published in

Phys. Rev X.

**June, 2016:** Chris Whittle featured in

The Australian (pay wall).

**June, 2016:** "

Astronomers excited by 2nd gravitational wave discovery" on ABC News Breakfast.

**June, 2016:** LIGO observes another binary black hole: "

GW151226: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a 22-Solar-Mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence."
Read Paul Lasky's take on the discovery in

The Conversation.

**May, 2016:** nomination photo for a Faculty of Science teaching award with Theo Hughes, Michael Morgan, and Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway.

**May, 2016:** ARC interview for OzGrav: Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (with Daniel Shaddock, David McClelland, Matthew Bailes, Susan Scott, Peter Veitch, Aleksander Subic, and Tania Bezzobs.

**May, 2016:** I am proud to share the

Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics with my LIGO-Virgo colleagues!

**April, 2016:** Congratulations,

**Dr** Letizia Sammut!

**February, 2016:** "Gravitational wave discovered" (a public talk with Yuri Levin).

**February, 2016:** "Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger." **LIGO detects gravitational waves.**
The Monash LIGO team is featured in the

Sydney Morning Herald.
("Einstein GW150914" by Brynley Pearlston.)

See also: "

GW150914: Implications for the stochastic gravitational wave background from binary black holes" published in

Phys. Rev. Lett.
For some lighter media coverage of GW150914, here's my

cameo on The Project.

**December, 2015:** I have been awarded a

2015 Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council for "Gravitational-wave astronomy: detection and beyond."

**December, 2015:** "Detectability of gravitational waves from high-redshift binaries" (Rosado et al.) published in

Phys. Rev. Lett.
**November, 2015:** "

Gravitational-wave cosmology across 29 decades in frequency" (with Lasky et al.) published in

Phys. Rev. X.

**November, 2015:** A busy month for physics media! I appeared with Paul Lasky on

The Science Show with Robyn Williams. Later in the month, I appeared on

Catalyst to speak about gravitational waves.

**October, 2015:** "Detecting gravitational-wave transients at five sigma: a hierarchical approach" (Thrane and Coughlin) published in

Phys. Rev. Lett.

**October, 2015:** Takaaki Kajita wins the Nobel Prize in Physics.
**October, 2015:** Gravitational waves on Science Cafe: my appearance on the Young Scientists of Australia podcast.

**September, 2015:** Mock data and science challenge for detecting an astrophysical stochastic gravitational-wave background with Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**July, 2015:** Open Day at Monash (credit: Steve Morton)!

**June, 2015:** LIGO S6 data is publicly available

here.

**June, 2015:** "Gravitational wave explorer seeks light of merging dead stars" appears in

Monash Memo.

**June, 2015:** All-sky, narrowband, gravitational-wave radiometry with folded data (Thrane, Mitra, Christensen, Mandic, and Ain) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**May, 2015:** Cool picture taken as I was leaving the Physics & Astronomy building (credit: Steve Morton):

**May, 2015:** Detecting very long-lived gravitational-wave transients lasting hours to weeks (Thrane, Mandic, and Christensen) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**March, 2015:** The detectability of eccentric compact binary coalescences with advanced gravitational-wave detectors (M Coughlin, P Meyers, E Thrane, J Luo, and N Christensen) published in

Phys. Rev. D.

**February, 2015:** Searching for stochastic gravitational waves using data from the two co-located LIGO Hanford detectors (LIGO & Virgo) is to be featured as part of the Phys. Rev. D

Kaleidoscope.

**January, 2015:** I have joined the

Physics faculty at

Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.