The bulk of the controversy surrounded whether she invaded her partners' rights to privacy , and whether the subjects of Owen's faux thesis have a right to sue, as was done in the case of Jessica Cutler when Cutler published details of her sex life on a blog .  It also raised questions as to whether double standards exist if the reaction would have been the same had the faux thesis been written by a male.  The faux dissertation attracted additional attention because some of the men whom Owen ranked were from the lacrosse team , and there was an unrelated sex controversy surrounding the team a few years prior. 
The Biomedical Sciences major consists of courses prescribed by professional schools (medical, dental, osteopathic, veterinary, pharmacy, graduate) as essential to the successful completion of a professional school curriculum, plus electives necessary to provide educational breadth and maturity. In short, the Biomedical Sciences major is designed to help students gain a comprehensive understanding of human life sciences and is a gateway to many exciting and meaningful career paths.
The four general areas of emphasis in the Biomedical Sciences curriculum are Microbiology , Anatomy , Physiology , and Nutrition . Faculty in the Biomedical Science Department are involved in a wide variety of research projects, providing numerous opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to gain real laboratory experience. Areas of research include bacterial genetics, cancer biology, cardiovascular disease, epidemiology, human anatomy, immunology, neuroscience, obesity, parasitology, physiological biochemistry, stem cell biology, and toxicology to name a few.