Iowa professor on Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes: 'Do not offer admission [to university] under any circumstances'

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"Do NOT offer admission under any circumstances," Dr. Daniel Tranel wrote of James Holmes to the University of Iowa's selection committee. 

Tranel is the director of the postdoctoral residency in Clinical Neuropsychology. It's unclear exactly why Dr. Tranel had reservations about Holmes, who applied to the University of Iowa in 2010. 

9Wants to Know is still reviewing the documents obtained under a public records requests from the university.

In the documents, Holmes also describes how he counseled underprivileged kids, including one with schizophrenia. Holmes also talks about his childhood and his desire to study the human mind in a one-page personal statement.

"I too will bring my past, specifically my strong moral upbringing," Holmes wrote. "In addition I will exemplify resolution and clairvoyance in problem solving. These abilities are more typified in a summer job I performed as a camp counselor for underprivileged children." 

"Other times I felt that I could be doing more," Holmes wrote, describing his work as a camp counselor. "I mentored a kid with schizophrenia. At 3:30 a.m. he woke up and vacuumed the ceiling of our cabin. These kids were heavily medicated but this did not solve their problems, only create new ones." 

"I wanted to help them but couldn't. This is where neuroscience research becomes invaluable."

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